January 11 (Renewables Now) - EDF EN Canada, a unit of EDF Energies Nouvelles, on Wednesday announced the commissioning of its 224.3-MW Nicolas-Riou wind farm in Quebec.
Powered by 65 Vestas turbines of 3.45 MW each, the facility was installed on private and public lands in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Construction work was initiated in June 2016.
Electricity generated from the wind farm will be sold to local utility Hydro-Quebec under a 25-year contract.
EDF EN Canada has a 50% interest in the CAD-500-million (USD 398m/EUR 333m) Nicolas-Riou wind farm. Its partners in the project are Regie intermunicipale de l’energie du Bas-Saint-Laurent (RIEBSL) and Regie intermunicipale de l'energie Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine (RIEGIM), with stakes of 33% and 17%, respectively. National Bank Financial Markets and Sun Life Assurance Company helped the partners finance the scheme through USD 340 million (EUR 284.8m) of non-recourse debt.
Nicolas-Riou is one of the eight wind projects awarded to EDF EN Canada through Hydro-Quebec Distribution’s call for tenders in 2008, 2010 and 2013. Since 2008, EDF EN Canada has commissioned 1,600 MW of wind and solar power facilities throughout Canada, it said.
(CAD 1.0 = USD 0.796/EUR 0.667)