REpower and EDF EN Canada Inc. conclude contract for 150-megawatt wind farm in Canada
REpower will deliver the first turbines, each with a rated output of two megawatts (MW) and a hub height of 80 metres, from early 2012, with the commissioning of the wind farm planned for autumn of the same year. REpower will then also be responsible for maintaining the turbines.
With the projects Lac Alfred and Saint-Robert-Bellarmin and now Massif du Sud, EDF EN has already released 530 MW from the framework agreement covering up to 954 MW. Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems SE, commented: "Canada is one of the world's strongest growing wind markets and is of great importance to our business as well. We are delighted to be realizing numerous high-output projects in the Québec region with EDF EN Canada Inc."
REpower has adapted its two-megawatt onshore turbines to Canada's demanding grid conditions and is using special cold climate versions (CCV). Helmut Herold, Managing Director of the Canadian subsidiary REpower Systems Inc., said: "Our cold climate turbines, which are particularly suited to the climatic conditions in Canada, have proven themselves in pilot projects and sell themselves very well."
The terms of tendering procedures in the Province of Québec specify that 30% of the value creation related to the production of the turbines must be realized in the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region and in the administrative district of Matane. For this purpose, REpower has concluded long-term contracts with local suppliers for towers, blades and converters.
REpower Systems SE, a Suzlon group company, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of onshore and offshore wind turbines. The international mechanical engineering company develops, produces and markets wind turbines for almost any location - with rated outputs of 1.8 MW to 6.15 MW and rotor diameters of 82 metres to 126 metres. Furthermore, the company offers its customers project specific solutions in the areas turnkey, service and maintenance, transport and installation, foundation planning and construction as well as financial engineering. The profitable and reliable systems are designed at the REpower TechCenter in Osterrönfeld and manufactured at its plants in Husum (North Friesland), Trampe (Brandenburg) and Bremerhaven as well as Portugal and China.
With just under 2,500 employees worldwide, the company, which is headquartered in Hamburg, can make use of the experience gained from the manufacture and installation of around 3,500 wind turbines around the world. REpower is represented by distribution partners, subsidiaries and participations in European markets such as France, Belgium, the UK, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Poland and Spain as well as on a global level in the USA, China, Australia and Canada.