To Aid Cape Wind
U.S.-based offshore wind developer Cape Wind has signed a consulting services agreement with the North America division of PMSS – a European offshore wind consulting firm and a part of the TUV SUD group.
Under the agreement, PMSS will assist Cape Wind’s project management team. The PMSS staff will be a collaboration of both U.S. engineers and consultants and U.K. offshore wind experts, and will provide expertise in environmental, health and safety measures, quality assurance, risk management and other strategic advice.
This announcement follows a recent financing milestone, when Cape Wind signed a term sheet to engage The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ as its coordinating lead arranger of the commercial-bank portion of the total debt financing for the 468 MW offshore wind farm, to be located off the coast of Massachusetts in Nantucket Sound.
“We are tremendously pleased to be assisting Cape Wind with the realization of North America’s first commercial-scale offshore wind energy project. Cape Wind is the flag-ship U.S. project, has an outstanding project team, and we are thrilled to be part of the team on the ramp-up to financial close and into construction,” says Sebastian Chivers, senior vice president at PMSS.
Cape Wind says it expects to complete project financing and begin construction by the end of the year.
Work Begins At
Construction is now under way on the 300 MW Blackspring Ridge Wind project, located in Vulcan County, Alberta. Mortenson Construction is serving as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project, which is owned by joint partners EDF EN Canada Inc. and Enbridge Inc.
The project will have 166 V100-1.8 MW turbines and is expected to be completed by mid-summer 2014. Mortenson will be responsible for the engineering and construction of access roads, foundations, an underground collection system, a 240 kV substation, an O&M building and met towers, as well as the erection of the turbines.
Turbines Installed At
EDF Energy Renewables has completed construction at the 62 MW Teesside offshore wind project in the U.K. The company says all 27 turbines have been installed, and 13 of them are already generating electricity.
The Teesside project is owned jointly by EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles and managed by joint venture EDF Energy Renewables. Offshore construction work on the Teesside scheme started in February 2012, and as the project moves to becoming fully operational, responsibility for the scheme will transfer to a new EDF Energy Renewables’ operational team.
To Study Storage
Primus Power, an energy storage company, has announced it is partnering with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to deliver and support two 250 kW EnergyPods as part of a research and demonstration project that could help integrate renewables into the grid.
Under its Technology Innovation Program, BPA is funding roughly one-third of the total project, with shared funding from Washington-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Primus. The consortium is studying the potential installation of grid-scale flow batteries in the electric distribution network of PSE, an investor-owned, regulated utility that provides electric and natural gas service to customers within BPA’s territory.
“BPA has been collaborating with others in the power industry to help integrate wind into our region and stretch the benefits of our hydro system,” explains Terry Oliver, BPA’s chief technology innovation officer. “We’re looking for innovative solutions that can help us better integrate renewables and improve how we operate the Northwest power grid.”
Patrick Leslie, emerging technologies program manager at PSE, notes that “this project is an opportunity for us to understand the feasibility and cost-benefit of using grid-scale battery arrays as well as to get our ‘hands dirty,’ so to speak, with an installation.”
The DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will develop models of the storage systems to assess their energy and economic benefits and make recommendations on where they should be placed. After the systems are installed, the PNNL team will also help evaluate their actual performance.
To Open On Campus
The Timken Co., a provider of bearings and other products for the wind energy and industrial industries, and Stark State College have collaborated to develop a new Technology and Test Center on the college’s campus in North Canton, Ohio.
According to Timken, the $14 million center tests ultra-large bearing systems that can be up to 13 feet in outside diameter on equipment capable of simulating harsh operating conditions similar to those found in large multi-megawatt wind turbines. The company expects the new facility to help shorten development cycles and improve the reliability and cost-effectiveness of these large rotating systems for industries, including the wind power sector.
The test center also houses a classroom/lab for training Stark State students in electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as offers programs in alternative energy. Stark State offers associate degrees and one-year and short-term certificates in those energy programs.
RES Named To Build
Lower Snake River
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) has been selected as the balance-of-plant (BOP) constructor for Phase II of the Lower Snake River wind farm.
Portland General Electric recently announced it had entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire the development rights to the wind project from Puget Sound Energy Inc. (PSE) and that RES America Construction Inc. will serve as general contractor.
The Lower Snake River - Phase II wind farm, which is located near Dayton, Wash., will be 267 MW and utilize 116 wind turbines manufactured by Siemens Energy Inc., each with a nameplate generating capacity of 2.3 MW. The project is expected to be complete by 2015.
RES Americas was the original developer of the Lower Snake River wind farm and, in 2009, sold the development assets to PSE, at which time PSE assumed the role of owner and developer of the project. RES Americas also performed the BOP construction on the 343 MW Lower Snake River Wind Project - Phase I, which was completed in 2012. PSE owns and operates that project.
Vestas has secured a four-year service and maintenance renewal contract from Milwaukee-based utility We Energies for a combined 180 wind turbines at three wind power plants in Wisconsin. The agreement, which begins near the end of this year, covers 309 MW worth of wind turbines at the Glacier Hills, Blue Sky Green Field and Byron sites.
Vestas began its partnership with We Energies in 1999, supplying the utility its first wind turbines, two V47-660 kW units, in Byron. Vestas then provided 88 V82-1.65 MW turbines for the Blue Sky Green Field project in northeast Fond du Lac County that went online in 2008. In December 2011, the partnership finished its most recent project, the Glacier Hills Wind Park, which consists of 90 V90-1.8 MW turbines near the towns of Randolph and Scott.
Quebec Wind Farm
The Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec has announced it will provide C$50 million of financing, in the form of a term loan, for the construction and operation of the Vents du Kempt wind project in Matapedia, Quebec.
Eolectric Club LP and Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada LP are heading the 101 MW project, whose total cost is more than C$300 million. The project involves developing and operating a wind farm with 43 wind turbines, and the output will be sold to Hydro-Quebec under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
“Through this investment, we are contributing, along with banks and institutional investors, to the implementation of a new renewable energy project in Quebec,” says Marc Cormier, executive vice president of fixed income at the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec. “This financing is in line with our commitment to invest in companies that provide stable, long-term returns for our clients, the depositors.”
Field Work Continues
At Wyoming Projects
The Power Company of Wyoming (PCW) reports that field work for the proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind energy project is well under way.
Following the release of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision last year, PCW is now preparing its site-specific plans for the wind project’s construction, including working to microsite up to 1,000 wind turbines within the areas approved for wind energy development.
Located on a roughly 50/50 combination of alternating private land and federal land, the 2,000 MW-3,000 MW wind farm was proposed in 2008 by PCW on portions of a 320,000-acre working cattle ranch privately owned and operated by The Overland Trail Cattle Co. LLC.
All plans will be reviewed by the BLM to ensure they comply with the project-wide analysis described in the record of decision.
EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and Enbridge Inc. have dedicated the 150 MW Massif du Sud wind project, located in Quebec.
Construction of Massif du Sud commenced in November 2011, and the project reached commercial operation on Jan. 18, 2013. The project consists of 75 REpower wind turbines and represents one of two Quebec wind farms jointly owned by EDF EN Canada and Enbridge.
Benoit Rigal, vice president of engineering and construction at EDF EN Canada, notes that the project teams had to overcome a number of challenges when building the wind farm.
“Developing Massif du Sud in harmony with the regional park requirements, managing transportation of turbine components and constructing in less than 14 months – throughout winter, hunting and nesting seasons – is indeed an accomplishment to be recognized and celebrated,” says Rigal.
Massif du Sud has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Hydro-Quebec.
Schneider To Sell
Ontario Wind Farm
Schneider Power – a subsidiary of Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, a provider of natural gas storage systems, integration and vehicle system technologies – says it will sell its 10 MW Trout Creek wind farm to “an unrelated third party.”
According to Quantum, the sale will occur in two phases. The first phase will result in the purchaser acquiring 74.9% of the ownership interests in the Trout Creek Project for a purchase price of C$1.2 million, of which C$971,250 will be paid in cash upon closing and C$236,709 will be paid by the purchaser’s assumption of certain Trout Creek Project liabilities. Phase 1 is expected to close by the end of this month, subject to the parties’ satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.
Phase 2 will result in the purchaser acquiring the remaining 25.1% of the ownership interest in the project for a purchase price of C$1.1 million. Phase 2 is expected to close within approximately 18 to 24 months, subject to the Trout Creek wind farm achieving commercial operation.
Trout Creek, located near Trout Creek, Ont., was awarded a feed-in tariff contract by the Ontario Power Authority in April 2010. The facility is expected to be commercially operational by October 2014.
Pipeline Engineering, a brand of Circor Energy, says it has won a multimillion-dollar contract with E.ON to supply its PEFLEX subsea cable protection system for the Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm. All components will be manufactured and supplied this year.
Located approximately 8 km off the Yorkshire Coast in the U.K., the 219 MW wind farm will consist of 73 turbines. Construction of the wind farm is under way, with completion scheduled for 2015.
According to Pipeline Engineering, the wind farm turbine towers and substations are interconnected via subsea array cables and subsea export cables, which require protection from movement due to wave action and other turbulence across the exposed monopile scour zone.
“The Humber Gateway project is a significant opportunity for Pipeline Engineering to further progress our expansion into offshore wind energy,” notes Andrew Marwood, the company’s commercial leader.
PROKON Turns On
The Switch has entered into an agreement with Germany-based PROKON for 100 direct-drive 3 MW permanent magnet generator and full-power converter drivetrains.
“The PROKON order is a good sign that Europe is regaining its belief in wind and other renewables, enabling companies like PROKON with innovative business concepts to grow in a stable and scalable manner,” says Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, president and CEO of The Switch.
Together with repeat agreements from China, The Switch says the total order value it received during June is over €100 million, resulting in the largest order backlog in the company’s history. w
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