February 26, 2018
Medicine Hat’s construction companies are preparing to bid on phase one of Capital Power’s Whitla Wind Facility, a 200 megawatt wind project located approximately 45 kilometers southwest of Medicine Hat.
“The wind project is a highlight for 2018,” says Stacey Warriner, plant manager at Lafarge Northwest. “Lafarge would have a role in providing concrete for the turbine towers and we plan to bid on the project.”
Lafarge-Holcim is North America’s leading supplier of construction materials. The company produces and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, sand and gravel.
Medicine Hat is a home-base for companies that have the expertise and services required for road construction, pouring wind tower foundations and tower installation. Companies like Lafarge-Holcim, Burnco, a cement and gravel company, and Niwa Crane, a rental company with a fleet of eight large cranes, are also based in Medicine Hat.
Construction costs of the Whitla facility are expected to be between $315 million and $325 million.
In summer 2019, construction activity is expected to peak with approximately 200 workers on site.
The facility, located on 33,000 acres of land approximately 45 kilometres southwest of Medicine Hat, is expected to be online by the end of 2019.
In December 2017, Capital Power’s Whitla Wind Facility was one of four projects selected in the first round of the Government of Alberta’s Renewable Energy Program (REP). The REP is an initiative that aims to source 30% of the Alberta’s power from wind, solar and hydro by 2030.
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, putting Medicine Hat companies like Lafarge Northwest in position to serve a growing sector.
The province is expected to announce a second round of bids for the REP in 2018, opening the opportunity for even more renewable energy projects to break ground.