Three Partners to Develop 30 MW Wind Facility

Calgary Enbridge has joined Suncor Energy Products and EHN Wind Power Canada to build a 30-megawatt MW wind power plant west of Taber in southern Alberta. Enbridge will pay one-third of the cost for a one-third interest in the proposed CAD $60 million Chin Chute Wind Power Project under the recently signed agreement.

The Chin Chute project would consist of 20 1.5-MW wind turbines to be operated by EHN, the renewable energy subsidiary of the Spanish ACCIONA Group. Subject to regulatory approvals, construction is expected to start in September 2005 with an expected in-service date of late 2006. Chin Chute is expected to produce enough zero-emission electricity to power 14,000 Alberta homes and displace the equivalent of 88,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year – equal to taking about 13,000 vehicles off the road. The Chin Chute project is Enbridge’s third wind power investment. The first was the 11.2 MW SunBridge Wind Power Project in southwestern Saskatchewan, a 50/50 partnership with Suncor that Enbridge operates. The second was the 30 MW Magrath Wind Power Project in southern Alberta, owned equally by Enbridge, Suncor and EHN. Upon completion of the Chin Chute project, Enbridge’s share of electrical capacity from the three wind power plants will be 25.6 MW. “Participation in the Chin Chute project is consistent with Enbridge’s sustainable development strategy of pursuing renewable energy to expand the company’s product line,” said Stephen J. J. Letwin, Enbridge Group Vice President, Gas Strategy & Corporate Development. “It further positions the company to become a significant player as the wind energy industry develops, and it is consistent with Enbridge’s commitment to sound environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility.”
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