Beothuk Energy, an Atlantic Canada-based company, has announced plans for a major offshore wind farm off the coast of Nova Scotia. The company has proposed to manufacture and install a 1000-MW wind farm in shallow waters off the southwest coast. The project is estimated to cost CAD 4 billion.
The proposed site has world-class wind resources and will be located about 20 kilometers from shore in shallow waters of 30 meters or less. It will be outside of major shipping lanes and commercial fishing grounds.
The power generated will be exported to New England via a proposed 200-nautical-mile subsea cable, the Can-Am Link. This link will ensure traceability of the wind energy to the New England market. The Can-Am Link will make landfall close to existing transmission facilities near Boston giving access to the New England transmission corridors.
To develop this Nova Scotia – New England export project, Beothuk has partnered and formed working relationships with leaders in finance, construction, and the offshore wind industry including: Jacob Capital Management, Siemens Offshore Wind, Talon Energy, and Maderra Engineering.
Beothuk will coordinate technology, economics, and environmental disciplines that will help contribute to a healthier green environment, while maximizing benefits for Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. The project will contribute to the region’s security of supply and benefit American and Canadian governments’ climate-change strategies.
Benefits to Nova Scotia include the manufacturing of various components for the offshore wind farm that consist of gravity based structure construction and establishment of a service and supply port.
“Our announced projects are the first part of a greater Atlantic Canada regional plan that we have formulated for offshore wind power in the area,” said Kirby Mercer, President and CEO of Beothuk. “We are creating a new energy sector in the Atlantic provinces that will have an immense beneficial socio-economic effect with thousands of new, highly skilled jobs. This project will also support the Trudeau Government’s Climate Change Program, the UN Paris Accord, and the Nova Scotia government’s Marine Renewable Energy Strategy.”
Beothuk is in discussions with various Canadian and American utilities and independent power producers regarding power purchase agreements and partnerships for this project. Early in 2016, the company plans to hold consultations with Nova Scotia stakeholders, including First Nations and environmental groups, and municipalities in proximity to the project.