The Kent Hills Wind Farm Moncton, NB
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- Owner, operator, contractor:
Owner: TransAlta Wind
Operator: Natural Forces Technologies Inc.
Contractor: Willms Construction
- Project At a Glance
The Lafarge Atlantic Canada Ready Mix team begun the foundations for Wind Turbines using Agilia. To date, 1764 m3 has been poured and this volume will surely increase with the development of Kent Hills Wind farm and the expanding industry.
TransAlta Wind along with their local development partner, Natural Forces Technologies Inc. announced the construction of the Kent Hills Wind Farm in New Brunswick, and the Atlantic Canada Ready Mix team was there to supply them with Agilia for each wind turbine base.
TransAlta Wind plan to own, operate and construct this 75 MW power facility in New Brunswick, just outside of Moncton. Once complete, Phase 1 of the Kent Hills Wind farm will include 25 individual wind turbines, and will be interconnected to Salisbury substation approximately 26 km north. There is also much potential for expansion, as TransAlta has planned for a phase II, which includes 18 additional turbines. This leaves the opportunity open for Lafarge and Agilia to fill.
Willms construction poured the bases for the 32 wind turbines on June 19th, each base with 63m3 of Agilia per base. To date, the Moncton Ready mix plant has supplied a total of 1764 m3 of Agilia. The Atlantic RMX team was represented by GM, Alex Kennedy and QC manager, Tanya Owens. Also providing much needed support to this project was Roger Bourque, the Sales Manager for the area, and ECAN Project Manager, Bill Lambros.
Because of their past experience using Agilia with the Pubnico windmill project in Nova Scotia, the sales team was able to secure the job with no trouble, offering a complete upscale in value to the customer. The biggest concern from the customer was achieving a strength of 40 to 45 MPa with a standard concrete. But with Agilia’s high strengths, this was easily obtainable.
However, the principal benefit of using Agilia in this project was by far the ease of placement, proving to be beneficial to both the customer and the worker. The finishing process is a lot faster than with conventional methods, requiring minimal labour and therefore, freeing up the rest of the crew to work else where.
Due to the large amount of rebar that is required for these foundations, there were areas with very heavy congestion. This would have made the consolidation of the concrete very difficult, leaving many opportunities open for an imperfect finish. Agilia does not require vibration at all and the surface quality was very impressive.
- For more information
- Lafarge ECAN Rmx
7880 Keele Street, 2nd Floor Concord, Ontario L4K 4G7
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(506) 877 - 0613
- Agilia Product manager
- Lafarge ECAN Rmx
This reduction in labour and time enabled for a much faster completion; where the team initially had expected to pour two to three footings a week, they found themselves pouring one a day. The coordination between the batchers, drivers and QC, is also a significant contribution to note. They were dedicated and committed to efficient service, quality and consistent batch after another.
ECAN is proud to be apart of this sustainable project, which will be producing 220, 000 MWh of clean, renewable energy annually and Lafarge has proved that they bring an important component to this market.
The Canadian Wind Energy Association expects the wind industry to grow to 10, 000 MW by 2015, a seven-fold increase from today. This everexpanding industry is an important one for Lafarge to become a part of and build a distinguished profile early on, as it already has begun in the Nova Scotia project two years ago, and now with this project in the Atlantic.