Dokie wind project starts to produce power

Photo:  Just some of the turbines at the Dokie wind project near Chetwynd this fall – Supplied by BV Land



The Dokie Wind project near Chetwynd has started to generate electricity.

Plutonic Power Corporation and GE Energy Financial Services, announced Tuesday that their jointly owned Dokie Wind Project, British Columbia’s largest wind farm, has begun generating electricity.

GE Energy Financial Services and Plutonic acquired and resumed construction of the project a year ago. Since then, the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor, Mortenson Canada Corporation, has completed mechanical erection of all 48 wind turbine structures.

Nine turbines have to date completed final commissioning testing and are available for operation. The substation and transmission lines have also been commissioned and energized, allowing for wind turbine commissioning.

GE Energy Financial Services and Plutonic, through their jointly formed Dokie General Partnership, announced the resumption of project construction in December 2009.

The $228 million project will generate 320,000-340,000 MWh/a and, in addition to the turbines, includes a substation and seven kilometres of 230 kV transmission lines. The project is expected to reach commercial operation by early 2011.