Energy & Power
EDF and Enbridge dedicate 300MW Blackspring Ridge wind project
By Anthony Capkun
EDF and Enbridge say the project is the largest investment in wind energy in Western Canada. Construction of the 166-turbine project commenced in May 2013 and reached commercial operation 12 months later. Mortenson Canada served as the construction contractor.
“A project of this magnitude comes as a result of a dedicated team of professionals and the support and involvement of the local communities,” said Tristan Grimbert, president and CEO of EDF EN North America. “We want to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the development, engineering, construction and commissioning teams who rose to the challenge, building a project of this size in almost a year by the day and there, for the first project of EDF EN in Western Canada, set a new standard for being ahead of schedule, and on budget.”
As part of the dedication ceremony, the inaugural recipients of the Blackspring Ridge Community Project Fund program were recognized and presented with cheques. The funding partners—Enbridge, EDF EN Canada and Vestas—instituted the five-year program this Spring “based on the shared belief that being responsible in business also means being responsible to the community that hosts our energy projects”. In total, nearly $20,000 was awarded to eight local organizations.
The Alberta-based Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. committed $10 million in support of the Blackspring Ridge project.