Dong Energy and NaiKun Wind Energy Group have signed a letter of intent (LOI) that gives Dong exclusive rights to negotiate a joint development agreement for the Haida Energy Field offshore wind project in British Columbia.
The LOI also gives Dong Energy the opportunity to establish a long-term partnership with Naikun Wind Energy Group.
Located in Hecate Strait, between Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert on the British Columbia mainland, the Haida Energy Field location has some of the strongest, most consistent winds in the world.
If developed, the shallow water there would enable the project to use bottom-fixed structures.
Dong Energy said the Haida Energy Field could significantly contribute to meeting British Columbia's future energy needs.
“This agreement effectively connects the largest offshore wind developer in the world with a project that offers one of the strongest, most consistent wind resources in the world,” said Michael O'Connor, president and chief executive of Naikun.
“Offshore wind is a reliable home-grown energy source and we are excited to explore the Canadian market,” said Thomas Brostrøm, president, Dong Energy Wind Power North America. “We see this opportunity as a first step to bringing offshore wind power to Canada in what could become a strategic partnership with the nation's front-runner project.”