Vancouver-based NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. has signed a preferred supplier agreement (PSA) with Siemens Canada Ltd., to assist in advancing the development of the first phase of a renewable energy project.
Using 100 of Siemens new SWT-4.0-130 4MW turbines, the agreement specifies that the two parties will exclusively explore the opportunities for a joint execution of the NaiKun’s project.
Siemens, the largest manufacturer of offshore wind turbines in the world, will also cooperate with the foundation designer in the design and certification of the turbine tower, transition piece and foundation.
"We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with Siemens, as their expertise will be invaluable in developing the first phase of the Haida Energy Field and we look forward to working with their experienced staff,” says Mike O'Connor, president and CEO of Naikun Wind.
NaiKun Wind's 400MW offshore wind project would generate enough energy to provide electricity to 130,000 BC homes. If the project does proceed it is expected to result in an estimated 500 jobs during construction, 50 permanent jobs for maintenance and operations and more than $400 million in direct expenditures in the province during construction, of which $250 million will benefit North Coast communities.
The NaiKun Wind project is at an advanced stage of development with environmental approvals from the Provincial and Federal Governments and agreements in place with key suppliers and First Nations. Given its development status, construction can begin within two years of the award of an electricity purchase agreement.