Montreal's 3Ci Inc to build 54 MW in Quebec

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Montreal-based 3Ci Inc is to build a 54 MW wind farm in Quebec once it has finished installing two other wind projects of the same size in the province. Output from the C$90 million Murdochville Wind Farm will be sold to Hydro-Quebec Production under a long term power purchase agreement. 3Ci's Robert Vincent says the company is considering a phased installation of Murdochville, starting with 9 MW, to take advantage of the Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expense program, which allows a flow-through tax deduction of the cost of installing so-called test turbines. It would also be able to complete permitting for the smaller first phase sooner than it could for the full project, he says. "The full-fledged permit is subject to a consultation process, which takes some time and will compete against our desire to have turbines operational as early as 2006 or late 2005." The entire 54 MW is expected to be running by December 2006. Vincent hopes to select and order the wind turbines by June. "We are currently looking at the 3 MW platform from Vestas, but there are other possibilities," he says, including turbines in 1.5-1.8 MW size range. "So it could be 18 turbines, or as many as 36." The two other 54 MW wind stations 3Ci is in the process of constructing in the Murdochville area are the Mount Copper wind farm, which it owns with Creststreet Asset Management Ltd, and the Mount Miller project, which was acquired by the Toronto-based Northland Power Income Fund last year. Both projects, which use Vestas V80 1.8 MW wind turbines, are 75% complete and expected to be operational by the end of April, says Vincent. Power from both is also being sold to Hydro-Quebec Production.

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