Alstom signs first Canadian turbine deal

CANADA: French conglomerate Alstom is entering the Canadian wind market with a 414MW turbine supply deal for two projects in Alberta.

The 122-metre diameter version of the ECO-100 platform
The 122-metre diameter version of the ECO-100 platform

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Alstom and NaturEner Energy Canada, the Canadian arm of Spanish developer NaturEner, have entered into an agreement for the supply of 138 ECO 110 3MW wind turbines and ten years of maintenance services.  

The projects will be installed at NaturEner’s EUR 420 million Wild Rose projects. The Wild Rose 1 and Wild Rose 2 wind farms will be located in Cypress County and are scheduled to enter commercial operations at the end of 2014 and end of 2015 respectively. The projects’ combined generating capacity of 414MW will make Wild Rose the largest wind development in Canada.

Each high-yield Alstom ECO 110 wind turbine is classified II-A and IS Class with a rotor diameter of 110 metres, suited to maximising power output from intermediate wind speeds averaging 8.5 m/s. The firm last month signed a huge 1.2GW deal to supply the turbine to Brazilian projects, and at the EWEA 2013 conference Alstom revealed a new 122 metre diameter version, as well as a model available for more demanding IEC 1S (S = special conditions) locations.

Alstom will assemble the turbine nacelles for the Wild Rose projects in its factories located in Amarillo, Texas, and Buñuel, Spain, and will source other components globally.

The province of Alberta currently has 1,117MW of wind generation capacity installed on its electric transmission system, representing approximately 8% of Alberta’s total installed generation capacity. Up to 2GW of additional wind power generation could be developed in southern Alberta over the next ten years.

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