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Thursday, 24 September, 2015

Grand Renewable Wind Project


The Grand Renewable Energy Park is the result of an initiative to promote the development of renewable electricity in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

This project, located in Haldimand County, includes 67 wind turbines that will produce enough electricity each year to provide clean energy to meet the power needs of 50,000 households.  It is the largest project of its kind ever to be completed in Canada and one of the largest to be constructed in all of North America.

This 150 megawatt (MW) wind project, which is one piece of a larger $7 billion initiative, received approval from the Canadian Ministry of Environment in June 2012. Construction began in September 2013 and finished in December 2014. The project not only included the 67 turbines on an 800 acre wind farm, but also included a collector substation; an interconnect station; an operations and maintenance building; temporary storage and staging areas; approximately 83 kilometers (km) of new overhead and/or underground 34.5 kilovolt (kV) collector lines along public roads; approximately 48 km of new underground collector lines along the turbine access roads; and 45 km of turbine access roads. A 20 km long 230 kV transmission line that connects to the Hydro One network was also part of the project.

O'C&L was retained by the project owner to review and analyze a series of claims advanced by the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractor totaling in excess of $40 million.  The issues alleged by the contractor included: owner-caused delays; inefficiencies; Force Majeure impacts; design deficiencies; unforeseen site conditions; and owner interference.  O'C&L analyzed each claim for merit addressing both contractual entitlement and quantification of damages.

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