NaiKun Wind Energy said that its offshore wind energy project has been granted a federal screening decision, confirming that the Canadian offshore wind project can be constructed with no significant environmental, social or health effects.

The decision states that the NaiKun Wind project has met the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and successfully concludes the harmonized environmental assessment review process.

Responsible federal agencies are now authorized to issue the required construction and operating permits, including a Navigable Water Protection Act Approval and Fisheries Act Authorization.

Clean energy produced by the NaiKun Wind project will displace approximately 450,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, with the HaidaLink proposal replacing the 26,000 tonnes of diesel fuel currently burned each year to provide power on Haida Gwaii.

The project is expected to result in at least 500 direct jobs during construction and 50 permanent jobs for maintenance and operations and over $400m in direct expenditures in the province during construction, of which at least $250m will benefit North Coast communities.

The NaiKun Wind project is at an advanced stage of development, with agreements in place with key suppliers and First Nations and is now in a position to begin construction within two years of receiving an energy purchase agreement.