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Eurotunnel firm plans 10 MW Coquelles terminal project

Eurotunnel, operator of the Channel Tunnel, is planning a 10 MW wind farm at its Coquelles terminal in France. Boralex SA, a subsidiary of Boralex Inc of Montreal, Canada, and Innovent, a French company specialising in the design and management of wind farms, will install and operate five 2 MW wind turbines on land owned by Eurotunnel. Construction of the EUR 11 million project is subject to regulatory approvals. The electricity generated by the turbines will be sold to Electricité de France (EDF). "The wind farm project demonstrates Eurotunnel's commitment to sustainable development and the future use of renewable energy sources," says Dave Pointon, Eurotunnel's technical director. Boralex SA will hold an 80% interest in the project. Boralex CEO Jacques Gauthier says his company sees the wind industry in France as a "high-growth sector." The company is already a partner in an 8 MW wind farm in southern France that will be expanded by 3.2 MW later this year. It has also acquired an 85% interest in Ferme Éolienne de Chépy SAS, which plans to build a 4 MW wind project at Chépy in the north of France. The facility is expected to begin commercial operations in September.

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