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Henvey Inlet Wind Project hailed for engineering excellence

BBA recognized by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Ontario

The firm responsible for the engineering consultation on the Henvey Inlet Wind Project has been recognized by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Ontario.

BBA received an Award of Merit during the Ontario Engineering Project Awards gala, held virtually on May 20.

Situated in Henvey Inlet First Nation territory, about an hour south of Sudbury, the 300-megawatt wind project is a joint initiative of Nigig Power Corporation, a subsidiary of the First Nation, and Pattern Canada, a wind power operator.

Construction began in 2017, creating 1,200 jobs at its peak, along with an additional 20 operations jobs.

The project is comprised of 87 turbines spread over 20,000 hectares, two 230-kilovolt substations interconnected to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) controlled system, and 110 kilometres of 34.5-kiilovolt underground collectors.

The project generates $10 million annually for the community, along with clean energy for 100,000 homes in the province.

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Through its design, BBA said, it addressed various challenges related to difficult ground conditions, a sensitive ecosystem and record snowfall, to complete the wind farm.

“We’re very proud to have helped deliver the largest Indigenous-owned wind farm in Canada that supports the self-sufficiency of the Henvey Inlet First Nation," Navin Gangadin, BBA's executive director of Central Canada Operations, said in a May 21 news release.

“This project is an outstanding example of how we can successfully balance economic and environmental imperatives through ingenuity and innovation. It’s an achievement we can all be proud of.”

Headquartered in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Québec, BBA provides a range of consulting engineering services in the fields of energy, mining and metals, biofuels, and oil and gas.