Boralex to expand Quebec project to 340MW

CANADA: Montreal renewable energy developer Boralex Inc and Gaz Métro, Quebec's natural gas distributor, are expanding the capacity of their Seigneurie de Beaupré wind facility near Quebec City to 340MW by buying a 69MW power purchase contract from Kruger Énergie.

Kruger, a division of Montreal-based pulp and paper giant Kruger Inc, was forced to cancel its planned Ste-Luce project on the Gaspé Peninsula.

The project was affected after the local municipality proposed zoning changes the effectively blocked installation of all of the wind farm's 27 turbines.

The transfer of its contract to Boralex and Gaz Métro, for an undisclosed price, means the partners can build a third wind farm at the Seigneurie site, which is a vast tract of undeveloped land owned by the Séminaire de Québec.

They already have contracts with Hydro-Quebec for two projects at the site, with commissioning of those expected in December 2013. The partners expect the commissioning of the additional turbines to take place in 2014.

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