Feb. 20, 2018
Borea Construction is carrying out the construction phase of Capital Power’s Whitla Wind Facility.
“We are looking for carpenters, heavy equipment operators, wind turbine installation technicians, concrete finishers, labourers and many more positions to build the facility,” says Justine Kellenny, human resources coordinator at Borea Construction. “The best way to apply is by emailing your resume.”
Borea Construction is a Canadian renewable energy contractor that has constructed more than 4,000 megawatts of wind and solar energy projects across Canada, including the Brooks Solar Farm and the Meikle Wind Project near Tumbler Ridge, B.C.
Phases of wind facility construction include foundation installation, turbine installation and mechanical completion, transmission line installation and substation construction, testing and commissioning.
Capital Power’s $325 million Whitla Wind Facility has been underway since 2017, when it was selected in the Government of Alberta’s first round of the Renewable Electricity Program (REP), an initiative that aims to source 30% of Alberta’s power from wind, solar and hydro by 2030.
In February 2018, Capital Power began tendering for the 200 megawatt facility. It’s expected as many as 200 workers will be on site, which is located 45 kilometres southwest of Medicine Hat in the County of Forty Mile, at the peak of construction in summer 2019.
As more renewable energy projects come online in the region, there may be more work opportunities for construction workers and companies like Borea Construction.
Over 40% of Alberta’s 85 proposed solar and wind projects are located in Southeast Alberta, according to the 2017 Southeast Alberta Energy Diversification Symposium (SEEDS) report, including one more within 50 km of Medicine Hat.
EDF Renewables Canada and Kainai First Nation’s Cypress Wind Project will go ahead this year, bringing an additional 201.6 megawatts of renewable energy to the grid by 2021. It was one of five Southern Alberta wind projects selected in round two of the REP. The project will consist of 48 turbines on 11,400 acres of privately-owned land in the traditional territory of Kainai First Nation, approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Medicine Hat. The public engagement and field studies phase is underway.
As Southeast Alberta’s largest service centre, Medicine Hat stands to serve the renewable energy industry in everything from accommodation to material supply and construction services.
Borea Construction will hold a job fair in Medicine Hat on March 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede. To apply, send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s expected Borea Construction will start to build the Whitla Wind Facility in mid-May.