NB Power, Transalta plan expansion of 150-MW wind farm
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Canadian utility NB Power and TransAlta Renewables Inc (TSE:RNW) will expand their 150-MW Kent Hills wind farm in New Brunswick province by adding 17.25 MW of additional capacity.
The partners have agreed to the expansion in order to compensate for the lower than expected output of the 150-MW wind complex, NB Power said on Tuesday. The new project, called Kent Hills 3, awaits regulatory clearance and is subject to negotiations between the two companies, First Nations and other stakeholders.
It is expected that the 17.25-MW wind power facility will start power generation at the end of 2018. Its output will be sold to NB Power at competitive market rates.
The Kent Hills wind park was completed in two phases -- Kent Hills 1 and 2. Construction works on the first stage were initiated in the spring of 2008 and first power was produced at end-2008. The entire complex, consisting of 50 V90-3.0 MW Vestas turbines, began commercial operations in December 2010.
The Kent Hills 3 project “has the potential to facilitate other business development opportunities in the green energy export sector,” NB Energy noted.
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