The Grizzly Bear wind farm project in Alberta, Canada, is nearing completion, having entered the final phase of development. This phase involves the erection and installation of the farm’s 34 wind turbines.
The installation of the wind turbines is being carried out by Sarens. The heavy lifting specialist has reportedly deployed ten units from its crane fleet. The units have capacities of between 1,250 tons (CC6800) and 120 tons (TC-130 120T). They are therefore able to carry out the lifting and installation of the said turbines with weights up to 180t and at heights of 120m.
The turbines arrived at their final destination at the end of September this year. This early arrival significantly reduced the time required for their installation. Additionally, it reduced the construction company’s logistical and specialized personnel costs.
The Grizzly Bear wind farm, located between Minburn and Vermillion River towns in Alberta, Canada, 170km from Edmonton, is expected to be commissioned late this year. The 152MW wind farm will be operated by Enel Green Power.
Significance of the Grizzly Bear wind farm project in Alberta
The Grizzly Bear wind farm joins Castle Rock Ridge I and II and Riverview Farm which are already contributing 210MW of electricity in the Pincher Creek area of southern Alberta.
The 152MW wind farm is expected to contribute up to 528GWh of green energy to the national grid per year. This will be enough to power more than 73,000 homes in the country. In addition to providing electricity, the wind farm will also save 343,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
Noteworthy, the construction of this farm has created more than 250 job positions in the area. Moreover, it is expected to bring almost $80 million in revenue in the form of taxes during its operational time, contributing to the region’s economic development.