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The Nicolas-Riou wind community project is a partnership between EDF EN Canada, Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie du Bas-Saint-Laurent (RIEBSL), a company wholly owned by all of the RCMs of the Bas-Saint-Laurent as well as the Viger Maliceet First Nation, and Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (RIEGÎM), composed by the RCMs of this region and Îles-de-la-Madeleine conglomeration. This wind project is 50-percent owned by EDF EN Canada; 33-percent by RIEBSL and 17-percent by RIEGÎM.
Located in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, on the private and public lands of TNO Boisbouscache and the municipalities of Sainte-Françoise, Saint-Mathieu-de-Riou, Saint-Médard (RCM Basques) and Saint-Eugene-de-Ladrière (RCM of Rimouski-Neigette), this 224.4 MW wind project is comprised of 65 Vestas wind turbine generators each with a capacity of 3.45 MW. Nicolas-Riou will represents an investment of more than $450 million dollars (CAD). In addition the project will also contribute an annual payment of more than $1.1 million dollars to the RCMs of Basques and Rimouski-Neigette for expected life time of the project (25 Years).
Construction commenced in June 2016 employing over 400 workers during its peak phase. Since the commissioning in January 2018, the Project employs ten full-time operations and maintenance personnel.
Nicolas-Riou is one of eight wind projects awarded to EDF Renewables in the context of Hydro-Québec Distribution’s 2008, 2010 and 2013 tenders. It is also the company’s fifth project held in partnership with RCMs or Aboriginal communities. The other four are La Mitis (24.6 MW), Le Granit (24.6 MW), Rivière-du-Moulin (350 MW) and Lac Alfred (300 MW). To date, EDF Renewables has commissioned 1,600 MW of wind and solar projects in Canada.