Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, the world’s fifth-largest manufacturer of wind turbines, has signed a contract for the delivery of its 3.2M114 Cold Climate Version type turbines to the 150 Megawatt (MW) Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n (MU) wind farm in Quebec, Canada.
With almost 500 MW installed in Europe, the Senvion 3.2M114 already has a proven track record. It is the first time Senvion will be installing the 3.2M114, equipped with a hot-air de-icing system, on North American soil. The Senvion 3.2M114 turbines, each with a rated power of 3.2 MW, a hub height of 100 metres and a rotor diameter of 114 metres, are expected to produce enough electricity to power about 94.000 homes.
The MU wind project is owned and developed in a 50-50 partnership between the three Mi’gmaq First Nations of Quebec and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX:INE). It is the biggest wind farm project with First Nations participation in Quebec to date. The project was awarded a power purchase agreement in March 2014 and is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2016.
At the occasion of the contract signature, Andreas Nauen, CEO of Senvion SE, commented: “We are delighted to deliver our turbines for this flagship project with the First Nations. Big wind farms like MU highlight the importance of the renewable sector for the country.”
Helmut Herold, CEO North America at Senvion Canada Inc., said: “I am happy that, once again, Innergex has put its trust in us. I am convinced that our flexibility and our persistence but also our stellar performance at the Viger-Denonville community wind farm have paid off. We have experienced local teams here in Quebec, which makes me confident that the project realisation will work very smoothly.”
Viger-Denonville is the first community wind farm in Quebec. The Senvion MM92 turbines that were commissioned in November 2013, have an availability of 99.5 per cent on average.
Michel Letellier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. stated: “Signing this turbine supply contract marks an important milestone in the development of the MU wind project, founded on our strong partnership with the Mi’gmaq First Nations of Quebec. As a result, the project’s risk profile and economic returns are improved.”