Gaspe 43 MW phase two going up in Quebec

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The installation of phase two of the 100 MW Le Nordais wind farm in Quebec began on schedule in late May. A total of 57 wind turbines are being erected near Matane on Quebec's Gaspe Peninsula, reports developer Energie Le Nordais (ELN). With an installed capacity of 43 MW, the NEG Micon machines are part of the second and final phase of construction the Gaspe wind farm, expected to be complete in autumn (Windpower Monthly, February 1999). The first phase of Le Nordais, comprising 57 MW, was finished in December at Cap-Chat, 70 kilometres northeast of Matane. The terrain near Matane is less hilly and easier to build on than the Cap-Chat site, according to Marie-Josee Gagnon of Axor Group Inc. Axor is one of the main partners of ELN, along with Danish turbine builder NEG Micon and the Japanese trading firm Nichimen. Meanwhile, Axor and NEG Micon are scouting Quebec for new wind contracts. While NEG Micon has attempted to establish a local foothold with a new turbine assembly plant near Montreal, Gagnon says Axor is still considering a delayed off-grid wind diesel project on Quebec's Magdalen Islands (Windpower Monthly, March 1996).

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