Turbines at Dokie Wind Project begin turning
By Design Engineering staffSustainability Energy Energy Wind
Plutonic and GE Energy wind farm to reach commercial operation by early 2011
Vancouver – B.C.-based power generation company, Plutonic Power Corporation, and GE Energy Financial Services have announced that their jointly owned Dokie Wind Project has started generating electricity. The $228 million project will generate 320,000-340,000 MWh/a and, in addition to the turbines, includes a substation and seven kilometres of 230 kV transmission lines. The project is expected to reach commercial operation by early 2011.
Located 1,100 kilometres northeast of Vancouver near Chetwynd, the project will sell energy generated during commissioning, prior to the commercial operation date, or COD to Powerex, a subsidiary of BC Hydro.
GE Energy Financial Services and Plutonic acquired and resumed construction of the project in December 2009. Since then, the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor, Mortenson Canada Corporation, has completed mechanical erection of all 48 wind turbine structures.
Nine turbines have to date completed final commissioning testing and are available for operation. The substation and transmission lines have also been commissioned and energized, allowing for wind turbine commissioning.