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Engineering contracts awarded for first offshore wind farm in Canada

Canada will soon have its first offshore wind farm.

Beothuk Energy recently awarded engineering contracts for the construction of a $400 million CDN, 180 MW offshore wind farm in St. George’s Bay, according to a press release. The wind farm, which will cover 20 square nautical miles off the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, is the first of its kind in Canada, and will cost less than 10 cents CDN per kilowatt hour.

The firm DNV GL was contracted to provide the wind resource and energy assessment and constraints analysis for the project, along with the preliminary wind farm layout. Fugro GeoSurveys will provide a geographic review of stability and seismicity, while Maderra Engineering was will provide project oversight and management services, including technical documentation review.

“Offshore Wind in Atlantic Canada is of national significance in the energy mix creating a new sector, reducing the nations carbon footprint, building on synergies with Atlantic Canada’s offshore oil and gas industry and putting many highly skilled displaced workers to work in the fast growing clean energy sector,” said Kirby Mercer, chairman and CEO of Beothuk, in a statement.

The new wind farm will contribute to quickly rising alternative energy employment figures in Canada. The national clean energy workforce has already grown larger than that of the oil industry, according to The Globe and Mail.