Enbridge invests in Massif du Sud wind farm

Author: Northern Gateway
Dated: 20 December 2012

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Enbridge Inc. and EDF EN Canada Inc. announced today that they have entered into an agreement under which Enbridge will invest approximately $170 million to acquire a 50 per cent interest in the 150-megawatt (MW) Massif du Sud Wind Project in Quebec.

"Massif du Sud is Enbridge's second wind project in Quebec following our co-investment with EDF EN Canada in the 300-MW Lac Alfred project," said Don Thompson, Vice-President, Green Energy. "The Government of Quebec's continuing support of renewable energy generation with a wind capacity target of 4,000 MW by 2015, combined with our successful partnership with EDF EN Canada is an attractive combination for Enbridge."

"The project also demonstrates Enbridge's interest in investing in renewable infrastructure across Canada," Mr. Thompson added. "We're pleased to again partner with EDF EN Canada Inc. on the Massif du Sud Wind project."

"The partnership we initiated last year with Enbridge on the Lac Alfred project has proven to be very successful and we are pleased to once again engage in a co-ownership relationship with Enbridge," said Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF EN North America. "As an integrated operator we take a balanced approached to our project portfolio and this agreement provides an opportunity to further our ambition as a world-class renewable project developer. The mutual confidence and collaboration between our two companies demonstrates solid business practices and secures a strong Quebec and Canadian presence."

The project, located in the municipalities of Saint-Luc-de-Bellechasse and Saint-Magloire in the MRC des Etchemins and in the municipalities of Notre-Dame-Auxiliatrice-de-Buckland and Saint-Philémon in the MRC de Bellechasse, consists of 75 wind turbines supplied by REpower, and made with regionally-manufactured blades, towers and converters in accordance with the power purchase agreement with Hydro-Quebec.

Construction began in November 2011, and is expected to be completed in December 2012. When fully operational, the project will generate enough clean electricity to meet the needs of about 35,000 homes.

EDF EN Canada Inc.'s operation and maintenance affiliate, EDF Renewable Services Canada Inc. will provide long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) services. Hydro-Quebec will buy the power under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Massif du Sud will also contribute to helping Enbridge meet its Neutral Footprint commitment to generate a kilowatt of renewable energy for every kilowatt of conventional electricity that the company's operations consume.

Massif du Sud Wind Project at a glance:

Location: Chaudiere-Appalaches Region (100 kilometers east of Quebec City)
Capacity Peak: 150 MW
Expected Annual Yield: 500,000 MWh
Equivalent Homes Served: About 35,000
Technology (turbines): 75 REpower turbines
Construction: Began November 2011/ Expected completion December 2012
Energy Purchaser: Hydro-Quebec Distribution (under a 20-year PPA)
Interconnection: Hydro-Quebec TransEnergy
Estimated Peak Work Force: More than 250 jobs during peak construction; up to 10 local, full-time operational jobs

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