GDF, Mitsui switch on 99MW BC wind

GDF Suez Canada and joint venture partners Mitsui and Fiera Axium Infrastructure said the 99MW Cape Scott Wind Project has started commercial operation under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with utility BC hydro.

Featuring 55 Vestas V100 1.8MW wind turbines, the C$325m ($296m) Cape Scott project is located about 40km west of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

It will generate over 290GWh annually – enough to meet the needs of about 100,000 residents, said the partners.

Since the start of construction in the summer of 2011, the project has put more than C$51m into the local economy creating more than 300 construction jobs, they added.

GDF Suez Canada, a subsidiary of French international energy group GDF Suez, Japanese conglomerate Mitsui and Fiera Axium Infrastructure currently operate 660MW of wind generation facilities in the Canadian Maritimes, Ontario and British Columbia.

Cape Scott is the joint venture’s tenth wind installation in Canada.