Magdalen Islands Cancelled

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Hydro-Quebec has cancelled the contract for a 6 MW wind plant on the Magdalen Islands. Officials said the promoters failed to follow the contract schedule, which called for installation of the turbine foundations by December 1996. Hydro-Quebec allowed a three month delay, but apparently no progress was made. Joint studies by Hydro-Quebec and the promoters -- led by Groupe Axor Inc of Montreal and including Danish wind turbine manufacturer Micon -- had also shown that the costs of integrating the wind plant to the grid were higher than initially expected. The closure of the island's largest power consumer, an underground salt mine, further limited the project's feasibility (Windpower Monthly, March 1996).

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