CONSTRUCTION

LOCATION

The wind turbines are located on public lands in the Avignon Regional County Municipality in Québec, near the Mi’gmaq communities of Gesgapegiag, Gespeg, and Listuguj.

Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n Wind Farm
Gesgapegiag
Gespeg
Listuguj

SPECIFICATIONS

The wind farm consists of 47 turbines manufactured by Senvion: 46 model 3.2M114 turbines and one model MM92 turbine. The blades and towers were made in Quebec by LM Wind Power in Gaspé and Marmen in Matane, respectively. These turbines are specially designed for the project site and Quebec’s weather conditions. Standing 100 metres tall, with a rotor diameter of 114 metres (92 metres for the MM92), each turbine has a capacity of 3.2 MW (2.05 MW for the MM92), for a total installed capacity of 149.25 MW. A 78-kilometre underground collector system of 34.5 kV electric cables feeds the power generated by the turbines to a substation, which boosts the voltage to 230 kV and connects the wind farm to the Hydro‑Québec network’s transmission line.

The general contractor for the project is Borea Construction.

For more information on the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind turbines, we invite you to read our second chronicle.

TIMELINE

APRIL 2015 TO NOVEMBER 2015
Engineering:
 Project design and preparation of drawings and specifications for construction.

END OF MAY 2015 TO NOVEMBER 2015
Roads and WTG installation areas:
 Improvement and construction of access roads and preparation of the areas required for wind turbine generator (WTG) installation.

JUNE 2015 TO OCTOBER 2015
WTG foundations:
 Construction of the concrete foundations on which the wind turbines will be installed.

AUGUST 2015 TO NOVEMBER 2016
Electrical Collector system: 
Underground 34.5kV electrical cable network connecting the wind turbines to the electrical substation.

JULY 2015 TO OCTOBER 2015
Substation:
 Infrastructure that includes all the equipment required to connect the wind farm to Hydro-Québec’s electrical grid.

DECEMBER 2015 TO APRIL 2016
Winter shutdown

MAY 2016 TO SEPTEMBER 2016
Electrical Collector system:
Underground 34.5kV electrical cable network connecting the wind turbines to the electrical substation.

JUNE 2016 TO SEPTEMBER 2016
Substation:
Infrastructure that includes all the equipment required to connect the wind farm to Hydro-Québec’s electrical grid.

JUNE 2016 TO NOVEMBER 2016
Wind Turbine Installation:
Assembly of the components (tower, nacelle, blade) of the 47 wind turbine generators (WTGs).

AUGUST 2016 TO NOVEMBER 2016
Wind farm commissioning:
 Start of electricity production after final infrastructure testing and verification.

DECEMBER 1ST 2016
Commercial Operation

PROJECT MILESTONES

Q3 2012 AND 2013

Public information and consultation meetings take place from October 2012 to November 2013, in the Gaspé Peninsula.

Q2 2013

On May 10, 2013, as part of an announcement for the procurement of 800 MW of new wind energy, the Quebec government allocates 150 MW for a new wind energy project to the Mi’gmaq First Nations of Quebec, which partner with Innergex.

Q1 2014

  • On March 24, 2014, the partners sign a 20-year power purchase agreement with Hydro-Québec Distribution.
  • Since there was no request for a public hearing pursuant to the province’s environmental review process, on February 28, 2014, there is no need for hearings.

Q2 2014

In April 2014, the partners complete a hedging program to fix the interest rate for this project’s financing through the use of derivative financial instruments until they close the project-level financing; this effectively eliminates the project’s exposure to interest rate fluctuations.

Q2 2014 TO Q2 2016

The certificates of authorization issued by Quebec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, and the Fight against Climate Change will be obtained between September 2014 and June 2016.

Q3 2014

  • On October 16, 2014, the project receives its government decree, giving the green light for construction to begin.
  • The partners sign a turbine supply contract with Senvion SE.

Q4 2014

Pre-construction activities take place, such as tree clearing.

Q2 2015

An engineering, procurement and construction contractor is selected by the partners and construction starts in June 2015.

Q3 2016

End of construction phase and commissioning of the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm.

2016 TO 2036

Operation of the wind farm.

2037

Dismantling of the wind farm or renewal of the power purchase agreement.