EDF, Innu sign Quebec accord

EDF EN Canada has signed an agreement with Innu First Nations that gives it an option to acquire an equity interest in the 350MW Riviere-du-Moulin wind project in southeastern Quebec.

The option for the Innu First Nations of Mashteuiatsh, Essipit and Pessamit to become partial owner will take effect after EDF EN fully commissions the project in December 2015.

The 150MW first stage is due for commissioning on 1 December and the second 200MW phase one year later.

The project is located in the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve, a territory of interest for the Innu First Nations.

A statement released by both parties did not specify how large an equity interest Innu First Nations could potential acquire in Riviere-du-Moulin.

The 20-year pact provides a framework for business relations between EDF EN and Innu First Nations and looks to facilitate economic benefits for both parties on First Nations lands.

The project once completed will be largest Canadian wind farm under a single power purchase agreement, according to EDF EN.