ACE/MDU – Thunder Spirit Wind Farm 150 MW – North Dakota - Project Profile
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ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE), a unit of ALLETE Inc and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU), a division of MDU Resources Group, Inc. are planning to undertake the construction of a Wind Farm in North Dakota, the US.
The project involves the construction of a 150MW onshore wind farm which will be constructed in two phases.
The first phase involves the construction of a 107.5MW of the facility. It includes the construction of substation, powerhouse, the installation of 43 wind turbines, electric feeder system, nacelles and wind electric converter.
The second phase involves the construction of a 43MW facility, the installation of 16 wind turbines to lift the park’s capacity to 150MW. It includes the construction of substation, powerhouse, the installation of wind turbines, electric feeder system, nacelles and wind electric converter.
The project will include the construction related infrastructure like access roads, operation and maintenance building, power controlling systems and laying of transmission lines.
WWPC will receive a convertible debenture loan of US$20 million to finance the proposed project. US$1.93 million will be used for the development costs and US$18.07 million will fund an interconnection with the grid operator, Midwest Independent System Operator.
WWPC submitted a planning application to North Dakota Public Service Commission in September 2011, and obtained the approvals in October 2013.
Wanzek Construction has been appointed as a primary contractor.
In December 2013, construction works commenced on the first phase.
In August 2014, The North Dakota Public Service Commission gave approvals.
On November 24, 2014, ACE signed 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with MDU for the first phase.
As of October 29, 2015, installation of 33 turbines had been completed as part of the first phase.
In December 2015, construction works on the first phase completed.
On January 3, 2017, ACE signed 25-year PPA with MDU. The agreement also includes an option for MDU to purchase the project after the completion of construction on the second phase.
The construction works on the second phase is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2018 and complete in December 2018.
The project involves the construction of a 150MW wind farm in North Dakota, the US.
The US$285 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of powerhouse
2. Construction of a substation
3. Construction of an operation and maintenance building
4. Construction of access roads
5. Installation of 59 wind turbines
6. Installation of nacelles
7. Installation of wind electric converters
8. Installation of electric feeder system
9. Installation of transmission line
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