Hamburg/Montreal: Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, the world’s fifthlargest* manufacturer of wind turbines, has just completed commissioning of phase one of the wind project Rivière-du-Moulin. So far, 75 of 175 Senvion MM82 and MM92 type turbines in a special cold climate version (CCV) have been installed and commissioned. Completion of phase two, consisting of 100 additional turbines, is set for end of 2015. By now, Senvion has a footprint of almost 800 megawatts (MW) in Quebec that the company’s local team installed and commissioned since 2010.
The wind project, located in the Regional County Municipalities (RCM) of Charlevoix and Fjord du Saguenay, will be the largest wind energy facility in Canada signed under a single Power Purchase Agreement. With 350 MW it is also one of the two biggest onshore contracts in the history of Senvion.
The wind farm, consisting of a total of 152 Senvion MM92 and 23 Senvion MM82 type turbines CCV, is expected to produce enough electricity to supply about 106 000 households with clean energy.
Towers, blades and converters are sourced locally from Quebec.
At the occasion, Andreas Nauen, CEO of Senvion SE, commented: “With the completion of Rivière-du-Moulin, Senvion has an impressive footprint in Quebec which will continue to grow.”
Despite the considerable size of the project and the number of turbines, grid connection has been right on schedule. Up to 585 people in total have been working to achieve that goal, including about 20 Senvion commissioners from Canada, the US and Germany at peak times.
Helmut Herold, CEO North America at Senvion Canada Inc., said: “I am very proud to see phase one of Rivière-du-Moulin reaching commercial operation. Thanks to the great team effort of all partners and our dedicated and very experienced Senvion team, installation and commissioning of the wind farm went smoothly and we finished perfectly on schedule.”
About Senvion Canada:
Senvion Canada Inc. currently counts about 250 employees in Canada and has offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. It is the hub of the North American business. The company started its Canadian operations out of Montreal in the province of Quebec where it is supplying more than 1.2 GW by 2016. The Welland blade production facility is operated by PowerBlades, a wholly owned subsidiary of Senvion SE. More at www.senvion.com.ca
Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, 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 152 metres. Furthermore, the company offers its customers project specific solutions in the areas of turnkey, service and maintenance, transport and installation, as well as foundation planning and construction. The profitable and reliable systems are designed at the SenvionTechCenter in Osterrönfeld and manufactured at its plants in Husum (North Friesland), Trampe (Brandenburg) and Bremerhaven, as well as Portugal, Canada and India. With more than 3,400 employees worldwide, the company – headquartered in Hamburg – makes use of the experience gained from the manufacture and installation of more than 5,600 wind turbines around the world. Senvion is represented by distribution partners, subsidiaries and participations in European markets such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, and Poland as well as on a global level in the USA, China, Australia and Canada. Visit us at www.senvion.com
About Suzlon Group:
The Suzlon Group is ranked as the world’s fifth largest* wind turbine manufacturer, in terms of annual installed capacity and market share in 2013. The company’s global spread extends across Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and North and South America with over 25,000 MW of wind energy capacity installed, operations across over 31 countries and a workforce of over 10,000. The Group offers one of the most comprehensive product portfolios – ranging from sub megawatt onshore turbines at 600 Kilowatts (KW), to the world’s largest commercially-available offshore turbine at 6.15 MW – with a vertically integrated, lowcost manufacturing base. The Group – headquartered at Suzlon One Earth in Pune, India – comprises Suzlon Energy Limited and its subsidiaries, including Senvion SE. Visit us at www.suzlon.com