US-based Mortenson Construction has started construction work on the 300MW Blackspring Ridge Wind project located in Vulcan County, Alberta, Canada.
The project is owned by joint partners, EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and Enbridge Inc.
Blackspring Ridge is the first EDF EN Canada wind project to be constructed by Mortenson Construction's Renewable Energy Canada Group but marks the 24th wind project to date to be built by Mortenson for EDF EN Group in North America.
The wind power project will feature 166 V100-1.8MW turbines and is expected to be the largest wind project in Western Canada. Located on 48,000 acres of rolling hills and grasslands, the project will provide clean energy to serve over 140,000 households when fully operational.
As EPC contractor, Mortenson will be responsible for the engineering and construction of access roads, foundations, underground collection system, a 240kV substation, O&M building, met towers and installation of the turbines.
Mortenson Construction stated that more than 200 workers will be employed throughout construction of the project, which is expected to be completed by mid-summer 2014.