Canadian offshore wind plan to advance with 'major player'

  • Aug 23, 2019
  • Recharge News

The company planning Canada’s first offshore wind farm said it has agreed a provisional deal with an unnamed major industry player.

NaiKun Wind Energy Group hopes to announce a definitive agreement within “the next few weeks” that will “provide leading-edge technical expertise, dedicated financial resources, and will establish a framework for a long-term relationship”.

Global pacesetter Orsted last year ended talks over exclusive rights to negotiate a joint development agreement over the 396MW Haida Energy Field project off British Columbia, which NaiKun claims can tap into “some of the strongest, most-consistent winds in the world” in shallow waters in Hecate Strait, between Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert.

The developer said then that it would seek an agreement with alternative parties. Its latest statement said: “After months of work and lengthy engagements with numerous offshore wind companies, we are very pleased to be making this step to see the project move forward into a significant development phase.”

NaiKun cautioned that there is no guarantee the agreement will be finalised.

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