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EDF EN Canada Inc. and Enbridge Inc. has announced that the 300 MW Blackspring Ridge wind project, located in Vulcan County, Alberta, reached commercial operation ahead of schedule on May 12.

The Blackspring Ridge project started construction in May 2013 and features 166 Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines. The project partners says it represents a C$600 million investment, created more than 350 jobs during the construction phase and will provide 20 permanent operations and maintenance jobs.

“The project demonstrates the versatility of the EDF EN team and our ability to deliver complex projects on time and on budget,” says Cory Basil, vice president of development at EDF EN Canada. “We are proud to have forged new relationships with the local stakeholders and grateful to our host community for their support.”

Don Thompson, vice president of green power and transmission at Enbridge, adds that the project required “a great deal of coordination and teamwork.”

“Not only is this the largest wind farm in western Canada, it is one of the largest in Canada,” says Thompson. “Blackspring Ridge was built ahead of schedule thanks to the outstanding efforts of the entire team.”

Mortenson Canada Corp. served as the construction company on the project, and AltaLink was the interconnection provider.

Renewable energy credits generated from the project are contracted to Pacific Gas and Electric under a 20-year purchase agreement. Meanwhile, the electricity will be sold into the Alberta power pool.





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