HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Windstream Energy has announced its
decision to build Ontario's first contracted offshore wind power
project in the Hamilton area. At a press conference today organized by
the Lake Ontario Offshore Network, Windstream announced preliminary
agreements with Bermingham Foundation Solutions, Walters Group, McKeil
Marine and the Hamilton Port Authority to build its 300 MW Wolfe Island
Shoals offshore wind power project.
The Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals project is unique given that the
entire project will be built in the lake. These four companies will be
bringing their expertise to the project by manufacturing, constructing,
transporting and installing the project's structures.
Bermingham Foundation Solutions will be responsible for securing the
turbines and structures to the lakebed. Walters Group will be providing
and fabricating the structural steel for the project utilizing their
four facilities in the Hamilton area. The Hamilton Port Authority will
provide shore and quayside facilities for the final assembly and
transshipment of the turbines, foundations and components. McKeil
Marine will be utilizing their tugs, barges and platforms to move and
erect the turbines via special barges to the site.
An AECOM study commissioned by Windstream estimates approximately 1900
jobs will be created in Ontario during the first five years of
construction of the project. Windstream holds the only offshore wind
power Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) contract in the Province of Ontario, which
was awarded by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in May 2010. The
project is planned to be located from five to sixteen kilometers off
the southwest shore of Wolfe Island, in eastern Lake Ontario.
"The Hamilton Port Authority will be dedicating $20 million in physical
infrastructure assets to the project. This is an incredible opportunity
for the revitalization of Hamilton's north end, and an illustration of
how Canada's marine highway can be utilized to move large
infrastructure projects such as this one," stated Bruce Wood, President
of the Hamilton Port Authority.
"Windstream is looking forward to bringing this level of investment,
revitalization and job growth to the Hamilton area. We are responding
directly to Finance Minister Dwight Duncan's challenge this week to
invest and create jobs in Ontario. We are here. We are stepping up to
the table. We are ready to invest, the jobs are immediate and real,"
stated Ian Baines, President of Windstream Energy.
"Hamilton is committed to doing what it can to secure quality jobs and
investment in our community. We are thrilled with Windstream's
announcement and believe our city will be the future hub for North
American offshore wind expertise and supply," said City of Hamilton
Ward 15 Councillor Judi Partridge.
"We welcome this development. It will mean 1900 jobs for the next five
years for Hamilton and other communities in Ontario. But we also see
this as the opportunity to place Hamilton on the map of the new clean
green economy of the future. This is the beginning and one hell of a
beginning," stated Tony DePaulo, Hamilton Niagara Regional Supervisor -
SOURCE Lake Ontario Offshore Network (LOON)
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