Mortenson Expands Renewable Energy Business in Canada
Canadian Contractor opens new office in Mississauga; launches Comber Wind Project
Mortenson Canada is expanding its operations with the opening of a new office dedicated to renewable energy construction projects and services in Canada. Scheduled to in Mississauga, Ontario in December 2010, the new office comes as Mortenson launches the construction of its fifth wind power project this year near Lake St. Clair.
The company’s latest wind power project is the Comber Wind Project, which will be built near Lakeshore, Ont. Mortenson will begin construction in November 2010 on a new 165.6-megawatt wind power facility for Canadian-based developer, Brookfield Renewable Power. The Comber Wind Project is being built right next to the Gosfield Wind Project, which Mortenson recently completed in September. For the new project, Mortenson is erecting 72 Siemens 2.3-megawatt turbines for a total projected output of 165.6 megawatts, which will provide electricity to more than 21,500 households.
In Canada, Mortenson has erected (including wind projects currently under construction) 328 wind turbines, generating 687.2 megawatts of wind power. Mortenson completed its first wind power project in Canada in 2006 when it completed the Prince I and II Wind Power Project near Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. The company currently has four wind power projects under construction throughout Canada:
Dokie Wind Project – Selected by GE Energy Financial Services and Plutonic Power Corporation, Mortenson is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the first phase of the Dokie Wind Project in Chetwynd, British Columbia, located about 1100 kilometres north of Vancouver, B.C. Mortenson is erecting 48 Vestas 3.0-megawatt wind turbines, which will provide 144 megawatts of clean, renewable power to the region, which will be purchased by BC Hydro. The Dokie Wind Project is scheduled for completion by December 2010.
St. Joseph Wind Farm – Mortenson is building the 138-megawatt St. Joseph Wind Farm near Montcalm, Manitoba, about 24 kilometers north of the Minnesota-Manitoba border. Selected by Pattern Energy Group and BowArk Energy to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), Mortenson will erect 60 Siemens 2.3-megawatt wind turbines for the St. Joseph Wind Farm, which is expected to become operational by December 2010.
Glen Dhu Wind Project – Selected by Shear Wind, Mortenson is constructing the 62-megawatt Glen Dhu Wind Project. Located in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, the wind project consists of 27 Enercon 2.3-megawatt turbines. This facility is expected to be complete in March 2011.