REpower, EDF & RES Reach 954-MW Wind Deal

REpower Systems AG has signed a framework contract with EDF Energies Nouvelles and RES Canada for the delivery of up to 954 megawatts of wind turbines, which will be used for five projects in the Canadian province of Québec. The contract guarantees a minimum purchase capacity of 748 MW.

The projects are currently being developed by the Saint-Laurent Énergies consortium, a Montreal based wind energy company jointly owned by EEN Canada inc., RES Canada inc. and Hydroméga Services inc.

In May 2008, Saint-Laurent Énergies with REpower as turbine supplier was awarded the contract tendered by Hydro-Québec Distribution for five wind farm projects across Québec, comprising of up to 477 REpower MM82/92 wind turbines to be installed between 2011 and 2015. REpower is also responsible for commissioning the turbines.

At least 60% of the total investment will be made in Québec, 30% will be for the local manufacturing of components such as rotor blades, towers and electrical converters.

“The signing of this contract shows the trust that our customers and Hydro-Québec place in the reliable technology of our turbines. Thanks to the settlement of local suppliers in the region, we can rapidly expand our supply chain and thus our competence on the North American wind energy market,” said Lars Rytter Kristensen REpower’s chief supply chain officer.

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