Under the third competitive tender launched by Hydro-Québec Distribution in 2013, EDF Energies Nouvelles was awarded, via its local subsidiary EDF EN Canada, the 224.4 MW Nicolas-Riou wind farm project in Quebec, for which a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) has been signed with the Canadian company.
The Nicolas-Riou wind farm project is located in the Basque and Rimouski-Neigette Regional County Municipalities RCMs of south-eastern Quebec. With 224.4 MW in installed capacity, it will be comprised of 68 Vestas turbines, each with 3.3 MW in unit capacity. Construction is due to begin in spring 2016 with commissioning expected by year-end 2017.
The wind project is 50-percent owned by EDF EN Canada; 33-percent by Énergie Éolienne Bas-St-Laurent, a company wholly owned by all of the RCMs of the Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Viger Maliseet First Nation; and 17-percent by the Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine. The companies have jointly signed a 25-year PPA with Hydro-Québec Distribution.
EDF Energies Nouvelles pursues its cooperation with Hydro-Québec Distribution, after being awarded two competitive tenders in 2008 and 2010. Already winner of a gigawatt programme soon to be achieved, EDF Energies Nouvelles reinforces its positions on the Canadian market.
EDF Energies Nouvelles is a market leader in green electricity production, with a portfolio of 7,517 MW of gross installed capacity focused for the most part on wind (onshore and offshore) and solar photovoltaic energy. Mostly operating in Europe and North America, EDF Energies Nouvelles continues its development in promising emerging areas taking position in new countries (Israel, Morocco, South Africa and India). The Company is also present in other segments of the renewable energy market: marine energy, biogas, biomass and distributed energies. EDF Energies Nouvelles manages renewable energy projects’ development and construction as well as operation and maintenance for its own account and for third parties. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF Group dedicated to renewable energy.