Port Hawkesbury Paper collaborating on potential Nova Scotia wind farm
Point Tupper, Nova Scotia - Canada’s pulp and paper industry, which has already made significant strides in reducing energy consumption, stepped deeper into conservation with the memorandum of understanding (MOU) announcement that Port Hawkesbury Paper will collaborate on a proposed major wind energy project in Nova Scotia.
“A decision to build this wind farm will be a landmark in Atlantic Canada, as it will be the first time that a pulp and paper mill, or any large industrial facility, has chosen to work with a wind developer to purchase green energy to fuel its activities,” said Keith Towse, CEO, IFE Project Management Canada Inc., one of the partners in the venture.
If the project goes forward, it will reduce the mill’s reliance on fossil fuels for energy, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The project adds clean, renewable energy generation to the province and will further increase the sustainability of the mill’s paper production operations.
Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), Port Hawkesbury Paper and IFE Project Management Canada (IFE) announced in mid-December the signing of the MOU formalizing their collaboration on the potential Pirate Harbour Wind Farm in Nova Scotia.
With support from the Province of Nova Scotia, Port Hawkesbury Paper and IFE are evaluating the development of a 112 megawatt wind farm, comprised of 28 four megawatt wind turbines, 15 kilometres of overland transmission lines and two kilometres of subsea cables. Port Hawkesbury Paper and IFE will lead the design, construction and financing of the wind farm.
The wind farm would supply green energy to the mill – the largest industrial employer in the region, with the goal of further enhancing sustainable energy supply to Nova Scotia industry. It also supports provincial and federal commitments to the environment and the mill’s ongoing commitment to an environmental sustainability.
“Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change, and we have reached this position while keeping electricity rates stable. Now, we have set the most ambitious emission reduction targets in the country. The potential of adding cleaner, renewable wind energy to our province could help us achieve our goals, while supporting the future of one of the largest employers in rural Nova Scotia. That’s why we are pleased to see this project coming forward for consideration,” said Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia’s minister of energy and mines.
The MOU confirms CIB will conduct due diligence work with Port Hawkesbury Paper and IFE during the project evaluation and planning phase. CIB’s work could lead to an investment in the project.
This is CIB’s first opportunity to partner on a project in Nova Scotia. CIB has specialized infrastructure expertise and the wind farm is consistent with one of its priority sectors – green infrastructure. CIB is a Crown corporation mandated to invest $35 billion in federal funding and attract private sector investment into new revenue- generating infrastructure projects.
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