Detailed engineering and commissioning of TransAlta’s New Richmond wind farm

TransAlta is recognized for its active participation in designing renewable energy projects across Canada. For the New Richmond project, the company had to commit to extremely ambitious construction and interconnection schedules to meet Hydro-Québec requirements. What was a stake? Powering Québec homes with wind-generated electricity.

Client: Venterre NRG, wholly owned by TransAlta Corporation
Location: New Richmond, Québec

OUR EXPERTS’ SOLUTIONS

The team came together quickly and developed an innovative delivery strategy enabling the paralleling of design and procurement activities while optimizing prefabrication and minimizing rework. Results spoke for themselves, a project energized  as planned that now displays one of the highest facility availability rate in the industry.

The mandate was executed respecting a schedule compressed by five months for the electrical and civil design along major procurement activities.

  • Interconnection and electrical studies

  • Detailed engineering – civil, electrical and automation

  • Compliance with the IEC 61850 standard

  • Design and implementation of the SCADA system

  • Construction supervision of civil and electrical work

  • Testing and energization of all systems

IN THE WORDS OF OUR CLIENT…

“The BBA team was able to bond seamlessly with the TransAlta team and was instrumental in fast tracking our project’s acceptance by Hydro-Québec for interconnection. BBA experts also brought hands-on expertise and were by our side, from design to energization.”

Julie Turgeon, Project Manager, TransAlta

IN NUMBERS

  • 33 E82, 2 MW and 2.3 MW wind turbines

  • Wind farm totalling 67.8 MW and connected to the Hydro-Québec 230 kV grid

  • Powering 11,000 Québec homes with wind-generated electricity
  • Highest facility availability rate of its fleet

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