Phase one of huge Gaspe wind plant complete

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The first phase of Quebec's 100 MW wind farm on the Gaspe Peninsula was finished in late December as the last of 76 NEG Micon turbines was erected near Cap-Chat. "We're glad the Cap-Chat phase has been completed on schedule," says Renee Arsenault of utility Hydro-Quebec. In 1999, the first year of a 25 year power purchase contract, Hydro-Quebec will pay developer Energie Le Nordais (ELN) an average price of C$0.058/kWh. "Tests are still being run through January, but we expect to start buying power from Le Nordais very shortly," Arsenault says. The installation of 57 wind turbines for the project's second phase is expected to begin on schedule this spring at Matane, 70 kilometres southwest of Cap-Chat, says Marie-Josee Gagnon of the Axor Group Inc, one of the main partners behind ELN (Windpower Monthly, November 1998). Completion is planned for December 1999. The 76 wind turbines on 55 metre towers are erected on mountainous and rocky terrain in one of the windiest sites in Quebec, according to Louis Gagnon, vice president of the Axor Group.

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