MRP progresses with Alberta project

Mainstream Renewable Power says it has successfully erected the first of 20 wind turbines at its 46MW Oldman 2 wind farm in Alberta, after work that began in September was delayed this past winter by difficult climatic conditions.

The developer says that the Siemens 2.3MW turbines will be fully operational in August. The nacelles were manufactured in the US state of Kansas and the blades in the state of Iowa.

“The winter in Alberta was particularly harsh this year and created enormous challenges for our contractors, with temperatures regularly between -35 and -20 C. Despite this, the project is still on track to achieve completion on schedule,” says Gary Swan, head of construction for Mainstream.

Alberta is Canada’s number three wind province with 1.12GW of installed generation capacity, trailing Ontario and Quebec, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association.