HAMILTON, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Windstream Energy has announced its
decision to invest in Kingston, home to Ontario's first contracted
offshore wind power project. At a press conference today organized by
the Lake Ontario Offshore Network (LOON), Windstream announced
preliminary agreements with Anchor Concrete Products Ltd., George A.
Wright & Son Ltd. and M. Sullivan & Son Ltd. for its 300 MW Wolfe
Island Shoals offshore wind power project.
These three companies will be providing onsite maintenance for the
project, local project support during construction, supply concrete
elements for the project and build the dock and shore facilities within
As a concrete fabricator, Anchor Concrete Products Ltd. will be
providing concrete services for the electrical substation, will supply
concrete for the project and will build the project's dock. George A.
Wright & Son Ltd. will provide local fabrication and repair services
for mechanical equipment, as well as provide equipment for the service
platforms on the windmills. M. Sullivan & Son Ltd. will be the
contractor for the local construction of the port and shore facilities.
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.
"Kingston has a talented pool of labour, and companies with the high
tech skills needed to complete these complex jobs. Today's announcement
strengthens the Kingston community by finding quality jobs for our
students and encouraging them to establish roots in our community.
Kingston is looking forward to being part of the first offshore wind
power project in North America" stated Mark Gerretsen, Mayor of the
City of Kingston.
"The Wolfe Island Shoals project has the possibility of attracting short
term and long term jobs. Kingston's regional economy stands to greatly
benefit from offshore wind moving ahead and KEDCO will do what it can
to support LOON's efforts," stated Jeff Garrah, CEO of KEDCO.
"Windstream is looking forward to bringing jobs and investments to the
communities that will host this project. The local Kingston expertise
related to this niche project will be exportable and will make Kingston
a hub for future development. Windstream is ready to bring this
investment and these jobs to Kingston," stated Ian Baines, President of
"M Sullivan & Son Ltd are extremely proud and fortunate to be part of
LOON. The Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals project will no doubt be a
shot in the arm for local trade construction workers and I hope that
all governing bodies will come to realize this soon," stated Greg
Sullivan, Vice President of M. Sullivan & Son Ltd.
SOURCE Lake Ontario Offshore Network (LOON)
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