GDF Suez Canada and its joint venture partners Mitsui and Fiera Axium Infrastructure have begun commercial operations of the 99MW Cape Scott wind project located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

The €219m project featuring 55 Vestas V100 turbines of 1.8MW each will generate around 290GWh of energy annually, which is enough to power around 100,000 British Columbians.

Located about 40km west of Port Hardy within the territories of the Kwakiutl, Quatsino, and Tlatlasikwala First Nations and outside of Cape Scott Provincial Park, the project has created around 300 construction jobs and 12 permanent jobs for operations and maintenance.

Having injected over $51m to the local economy since the start of construction in 2011, the project will deliver its output to BC Hydro under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

GDF SUEZ Canada president Mike Crawley said that the project represents a significant engineering feat and strengthens the company’s position as one of the leading Canadian renewable energy generators.

"We’re proud to continue demonstrating our commitment to environmentally sound power generation within a province that shares this priority," added Crawley.