One on schedule and one delayed

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Cartier Wind Energy's second Quebec wind farm, the 100.5 MW Anse-à-Valleau project, is producing power while construction has started on its third project, the 109.5 MW Carleton development, on the province's Gaspé Peninsula.

Anse-à-Valleau, made up of 67 GE Energy 1.5 MW turbines, was finished in time to meet Hydro Quebec's December 2007 delivery deadline, little more than a year after site work started in October 2006. Forty per cent of the project costs were spent locally to meet Quebec's minimum requirement for the local content of wind stations.

Cartier's focus has now shifted focus to the Carleton project, where site work started in October with tree clearing. The wind station is expected to be complete by the end of this year. Cartier is a partnership between Calgary's TransCanada Corporation and Quebec's Innergex II.

The projects are elements of a huge multi-megawatt contract Cartier has with Hydro Quebec for delivery of six wind farms with a combined capacity of 740 MW. Cartier was the clear winner in Hydro-Quebec's first 1000 MW call for wind power projects and is scheduled to have all 740 MW up and operating by 2012 using GE turbines.

The second winner in the call, Toronto-based Northland Power, was to have its first project operating by December 2007 as well. But Northland's Boris Balan says construction of the 150 MW Jardin d'Éole facility near the communities of Saint-Ulric and Saint-Léandre will not start until later this year. "The delay was due first to permitting delays, when the Commission for the Protection of Agricultural Land took a very long time to review our application. By the time they approved our application, we were too late to get the turbines for a 2007 project. Now the supplier has committed production, and will not deliver turbines until 2009," he says.

Northland will begin civil and balance of plant work this summer, with the delivery and erection of the turbines planned for summer and fall 2009. The project will use 100 GE Energy 1.5 MW turbines.

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