Two Motor City Electric Co. (MCE) subsidiaries were chosen as the EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) electrical contractor for two new wind farms in Ontario, Canada. Owner Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners and general contractor Mortenson Canada Corp. awarded Motor City Electric Utilities Co. (MCEU) and Mid South Contractors ULC (MSC) the contracts for the Gosfield and Comber wind farms.

GOSFIELD WIND FARM

Location                                         Kingsville, Ontario

Role                                                   EPC Electrical Contractor

Customer                                      Mortenson Canada

Wind Farm Size                         51MW

Turbines                                         22 Siemens 2.3MW

Underground Collection     15 miles

Overhead Collection             5 miles

Collector Substation             120-34.5kV

Other Services Performed  Turnkey design, procurement, construction & commissioning of 50MW substation, overhead & underground collection, turbine grounding, wiring, and conduit, SCADA

Electrical Value                          $17.1 million

Timeframe                                   Oct. 2009 – Oct. 2010

All power produced from the Gosfield facility is sold at a fixed price to the Ontario Power Authority under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

    

COMBER WIND FARM

Location                                        Lakeshore, Ontario

Role                                                  EPC Electrical Contractor

Customer                                      Mortenson Canada

Wind Farm Size                        166MW

Turbines                                        72 Siemens 2.3MW

Underground Collection    40 miles

Overhead Collection            60 miles

Collector Substation            230-34.5kV

Other Services Performed  Turnkey design, procurement, construction & commissioning of 50MW substation, overhead & underground collection, turbine grounding, wiring, and conduit, SCADA

Electrical Value                        $43.4 million

Timeframe                                   Oct. 2010 – Oct. 2011

This project faced difficult construction challenges with an unusually cold winter, long rainy periods with muddy conditions, extreme heat spells, and very windy days. Despite the variable weather, our project teams worked hard and kept Comber the project on budget and on schedule. required coordination of design and construction with the local utility Hydro One (HONI) for the substation and overhead collection work.