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EDF EN Canada Dedicates Rivière-du-Moulin Wind Project

EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles Group, today held a dedication ceremony for the Rivière-du-Moulin Wind Project. Once completed Rivière-du-Moulin Wind Project will be the largest wind energy facility in Canada at 350 megawatt (MW) total under a single Power Purchase Agreement. Local officials, stakeholders and company representatives were joined by 100 guests to mark the successful collaboration of the community to see this project come to fruition.

Riviere du Moulin 350 MW (Photo: Business Wire)

Located in the unorganized territory (UT) of Lac-Pikauba in the Regional County Municipalities (RCM) of Charlevoix and the UT of Lac-Ministuk in the RCM of Fjord-du–Saguenay, the wind farm is being developed and constructed in two phases: the first phase of 150 MW reached commissioning in November 2014. The second phase of 200 MW is scheduled for commissioning by December 2015. Consisting of 175 turbines supplied by Senvion, the project created 565 jobs during the peak construction phase. Electricity generated is delivered to Hydro-Quebec Distribution under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.

"The assembly of 175 wind turbines, the construction of over 155 km of roads, the installation of 144 km of buried collector system, and the work coordination in a vast territory and a tight deadline represented a technical challenge and unrivaled logistics plan. In addition, the remote nature of the project area and very rough terrain further challenged the construction process,” said Al Kurzenhauser, Chief Operating Officer for EDF EN Canada. “Detailed planning of construction activities and teamwork between different players were key factors to success. We would also like to express our appreciation of the support from all the local stakeholders, notably the Innu and Huron First Nations and the Charlevoix and Fjord-du-Saguenay communities."

Rivière-du-Moulin is the largest of eight wind energy projects awarded to EDF EN Canada through Hydro-Québec Distribution call for tenders in 2008, 2010 and 2013. By the end of 2017, EDF EN Canada will have placed into service 1,599 MW of wind and solar projects throughout Canada. The project further represents the largest onshore wind facility to be developed, built and put into service by the EDF EN Group globally.

Location RCM of Charlevoix and Fjord-du-Saguenay
Installed Capacity 350 MW: 150 MW Phase I; 200 MW Phase 2
Turbines Senvion; 152 MM92 & 23 MM82 cold climate version (CCV) turbines
Equivalent Homes Served About 77,700
Energy Purchaser Hydro-Québec Distribution
Construction Company Construction Énergie Renouvelable (CER)
Construction Commenced in Summer 2013
Peak Work Force 565 Employees


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