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Under the firm and unconditional order, Vestas will supply and commission 65 of its V117-3.45 MW turbines, introducing its 3MW platform for the first time in Canada.

The contract also includes a 10-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement.

Vestas plans to start turbine delivery in the second quarter of 2017. The wind farm is expected to be commissioned in the last quarter of next year.

EDF Energies Nouvelles’ Canadian unit, EDF EN Canada, holds 50% stake in the project. Energie Eolienne Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Regie intermunicipale de l’energie Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine own 33% and 17% stakes respectively.

The project is expected to cost C$500m ($382.24m) and generate about C$1.1m ($840,000) of revenue to regional county municipalities for the next 25 years.

EDF EN North America President & CEO Tristan Grimbert said: "Our first implementation in the country with Vestas, the 2014 Blackspring Ridge project in Alberta, was marked by an exemplary team applying stringent safety standards as well as flexibility to meet the project’s construction demands.

"We look forward to another successful experience bringing Nicolas-Riou to completion."

Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada president Chris Brown said: "This project will be the first V117-3.45 MW turbines in Canada, where the combination of a robust design and a large rotor make this turbine an outstanding choice to minimize the cost of energy throughout the life of the project."

Nicolas-Riou is one of eight wind projects awarded to EDF EN Canada via Hydro-Québec Distribution’s call for tenders in 2008, 2010 and 2013.

Image: Vestas to supply 3.45MW wind turbines in Quebec, Canada. Photo: Courtesy of satit_srihin/