October 30, 2006

Taber wind farm officially opened

TABER, ALTA-The Chin Chute wind farm, a 30-megawatt (MW) facility 20 kilometres southwest of Taber, Alberta was officially opened recently, with 100 residents and local politicians in attendance. Its 20 turbines are 20 storeys high and produce 1.5 megawatts of electricity each, enough to supply 14,000 homes for a year and to displace the equivalent of at least 88,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.. The $60-million project is a joint venture of Enbridge, Suncor Energy and Acciona Wind Energy Canada. Hatch Energy provided full engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services, including the collection system, foundation, road and substation design. Construction of the transmission lines to the wind farm is near completion and power from the wind farm was expected to go to the grid in late October. Once in full service, Acciona will operate the wind farm. At the opening ceremony, the partner companies announced a joint $30,000 gift to the Municipal District of Taber in recognition of the community's support for the wind power project. The money will go toward the municipality's planned amphitheatre project. Acciona, Enbridge and Suncor also own the 30-MW Magrath wind power project in southern Alberta, which was commissioned in 2004 and is now operated by Acciona. Enbridge and Suncor are co-owners as well of the 11-MW SunBridge project near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, operated by Enbridge. The Chin Chute wind farm was Hatch Energy's second successful wind power EPCM project for the joint venture.

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