Beothuk Energy Inc, a Canadian company, has announced plans to build an offshore windfarm off the coast of Nova Scotia. Beothuk is proposing to manufacture and install a 1GW windfarm in shallow waters off the southwest coast. Power will be exported to New England via a 200 nautical mile subsea cable, the Can-Am Link. The link will ensure traceability of the clean, green wind energy to the New England market.
To develop the project, Beothuk has partnered or formed working relationships with Jacob Capital Management, Siemens Offshore Wind, Talon Energy and Maderra Engineering. The project is estimated to cost C$4 billion (US$2.84 billion).
Beothuk says it hopes to maximise the benefits flowing from the project for Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Canada region generally. The proposed site has world-class wind resources and will be located about 20km from shore in shallow waters of 30m or less. It will be outside major shipping lanes and commercial fishing grounds.
The Can-Am Link will make landfall close to existing transmission facilities near Boston giving access to the New England transmission corridors. “This offshore wind power will contribute to the region’s security of supply and benefit the American and Canadian governments’ climate change strategies,” said the company. “Benefits to Nova Scotia include the manufacturing of various components for the offshore windfarm such as gravity-based foundations and the establishment of a service/supply port.
Beothuk president and chief executive Kirby Mercer said: “Our projects are the first part of a greater Atlantic Canada regional plan we have formulated for offshore wind power in the area. We are creating a new energy sector in the Atlantic Provinces that will have a beneficial effect with thousands of highly skilled jobs. This project will also support the Trudeau government’s Climate Change Programme, the UN Paris Accord, and the Nova Scotia government’s Marine Renewable Energy Strategy.”
Beothuk is in discussions with Canadian and American utilities and independent power producers regarding power purchase agreements and partnerships for this project. It also plans to hold consultations with Nova Scotia stakeholders, including First Nations and environmental groups, and municipalities in proximity to the project. The company previously announced plan for a 180MW offshore windfarm in St George’s Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.