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    • Navigating the Offshore Shoals How Not to Go Aground in the Great Lakes Wolfe Island Shoals A Case Study in Offshore Wind Farm Project Management Pulling It All Together An Exercise in Permitting & Logistics Presented by: Andrew Chant/Uwe Roeper Infocast Freshwater Great Lakes Offshore Wind Conference July 19 - 21, 2010 Cleveland, Ohio
    • What is Wolfe Island Shoals?
      • 300 MW Offshore Wind Facility under development by Windstream Energy Inc.
      • Approximate capital cost $1.5 Billion
      • Awarded PPA under Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff Program
      • Located eastern end of Lake Ontario, south of Kingston, west of Wolfe Island
      • Scheduled Mandatory Commercial Operations Date – September, 2014
    • Location of Wolfe Island Shoals
    • Highlights
      • 300 MW off-shore wind project with PPA, land & grid connection
        • Final stages of securing development financing for permitting & design
        • Total Projected CapEx = $1.5 Billion
        • Permitting & design in 2010 / 2011
        • Construction in 2012 / 2013
        • Lake Ontario, Canada
    • ORTECH’s Role
      • Who is ORTECH?
      • Multidisciplinary renewable energy and environmental consulting firm
      • Active in renewable energy directly and through affiliates for over 10 years
      • Over 30 years of experience in atmospheric sciences
      • Through a related company, the original developer of Wolfe Island Wind facility completed by Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc., now TransAlta
      • Client base consists of financial institutions, infrastructure investors and private developers
      • Appointed Project Manager for Wolfe Island Shoals in May 2010
      • Strong emphasis on advanced wind resource assessment, permitting, O & M planning and costs, financial and economic analysis
    • Project Schedule
      • Project Phases
      • Phase I – Pre-Bid/FIT Submission
      • Objectives: Evaluate Site
      • Obtain Access to Land
      • Prefeasibility Study
      • Preliminary Wind Studies
      • Very High Risk Seed Capital
      • Observations: Balancing act – Need to spend enough to prove site potential but minimize pain of write off if unsuccessful
      • Timing: 2008-2009
    • Project Schedule – Cont’d
      • Phase II – Design, Permitting & Engineering
      • Objectives: Determine Project Scope
      • Begin Detailed Wind Data Collection & Analysis
      • Start Permitting Process
      • Do Preliminary Layout
      • Carry Out Lake Bed Soil Testing
      • Evaluate Turbine Options
      • Begin Successive Refinements of Budget & Schedules
      • Observations: High Risk Capital
      • Tasks Must be Undertaken Simultaneously
      • Phase Timing: 2010 - 2012
    • Project Schedule – Cont’d
      • Phase III – Finalize Project
      • Select turbine
      • Optimize Layout
      • Complete Permitting
      • Execute TSA & OSA
      • Complete Financial Close
      • Make Turbine Deposit
      • Begin Foundation Construction
      • Observations: Construction Capital Has Less Risk
      • Timing: 2012-2013
    • Project Schedule – Cont’d
      • Phases IV & V
      • Phase IV – Construction
      • Foundations Completed
      • Turbines Delivered to Lay Down Site
      • Underwater Cabling Completed
      • O & M Training Undertaken
      • Turbine Erection Completed
      • Commissioning Completed
      • Phase V – Commercial Operation
      • Operation to WTG Supplier
      • Cheques from OPA Begin to Arrive
      • Timing: 2013 - 2014
    • Special Problems of Offshore Wind
      • Permitting
      • Engineering
      • Logistics
      • Turbine Selection
      • Marine Transport
      • Foundations
      • O & M
      • Crew Training
      • Provincial Content
      • Financing
    • Permitting – More than the Usual Suspects
      • Federal Ministries & Agencies
      • Transport Canada
      • St Lawrence Seaway Authority
      • Coast Guard
      • Fisheries & Oceans Canada
      • RCMP
      • CBC
      • NRCan
      • Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    • Permitting – More than the Usual Suspects - Continued
      • Provincial Ministries
      • MNR
      • MOE
      • MOEI
      • OPA
      • Ministry of Culture
      • Ministry of Transport
    • Permitting – More than the Usual Suspects - Continued
      • Other Potentially Interested Parties
      • International Joint Commission
      • Homeland Security
      • US Coast Guard
      • USAF
      • NYPA
      • US Army Corps of Engineers
      • FAA
      • NRA
    • Wolfe Island Shoals – Boundary & Connection Point
    • Permitting Constraints - 1
      • Set Backs & Boundaries
    • Permitting Constraints – 2
      • Airports & Air Bases
    • Permitting Constraints – 3
      • Buffers & Turbine Layout
    • Permitting Constraints - 4
      • Layout & Water Depth
    • Permitting Constraints – 5
      • Ship Wrecks & Nesting Areas
    • US Army Creates World’s Worst PowerPoint Slide
      • A New Standard of Excellence?
    • Permitting Constraints – The Mash Up
      • A Contender
    • Engineering
      • Soil Testing
      • Wind Data Collection
      • Foundation Design & Construction
      • Collector Systems & Underwater Cabling
      • Transformer Station Location
    • The Importance of Soil Testing Photo Courtesy of Advanced Offshore Solution
    • Conventional Off-shore Design
      • Conventional Turbine (eg. Siemens 2.3/93, GE 3.6/107 or Vestas V90/3MW)
      • Wolfe Island shoals: 5m (15’) to 20m (60’) water depth (2 km to 10 km from shoreline) similar to existing projects
      • Limestone rock bottom suitable for proven foundation design: Drilled monopile (tentative)
      • Conventional underwater cable (34.5 kW) with substation and on-shore grid connection (230 kW)
      • Proven Technology: Existing 200 MW Wolfe Island on-shore wind farm also uses underwater cable (230 kW) to go from island to grid on mainland (installed 2009). Underwater cables common for islands in Lake Ontario.
      • Turbine Selection
      • WTG Nameplate Capacity
      • Reliability
      • Logistics
      • Availability of Port Facilities
      • Transportation to Port
      • Access to On Shore Cranes
      • Scheduling
      • Size of Laydown Area
      • Shared Facilities
    • Required Port Facilities Photo Courtesy of Advanced Offshore Solutions
      • O &M
      • Costs
      • Waterborne Access to Turbines
      • Planned Maintenance
      • Turbine Performance Monitoring
      • Parts and Component Inventories
      • Marine Transport
      • Availability of Special Purpose Vessels
      • National Shipping Restrictions: US Jones Act, Canada Coastal Shipping Act
      • Marine Crane Availability
      • Transportation of Partially Assembled WTGs
      • Possible Solution: Convert existing self unloader.
    • European Marine Transport Photo Courtesy of Advanced Offshore Solutions
    • Typical Great Lakes Self Unloader
      • Crew Training
      • Safety Issues
      • Inclement Weather
      • Subcontractors
      • Housing
      • Provincial Content
      • European Expertise
      • Turbine Selection
      • Underwater Cabling
    • Financing
      • Comparison to On Shore
      • Capital Costs
      • PPA Pricing
      • Portfolio Financing
      • Use of Tax Benefits
    • Summary
      • Difficult but not impossible
      • Requires careful planning and execution
      • Special problems give rise to market opportunities for Ontario & Great Lakes suppliers
      • Possible opportunity to supply services to neighbouring Great Lakes states
      • There are no insurmountable problems that are not opportunities.
      • “ Yes we can!”
    • Contact Information
      • To Review Presentation see Infocast Website or www.ortech.ca
      • For Further Information Contact:
      • [email_address]
      • 905-822-4120 ext 463
      • or [email_address]
      • 905-822-4120 ext 248
    • Thank You for Your Attention