Wind turbine arrives in Inuvik

Project is expected to reduce Inuvik's diesel consumption by 30 per cent

Inuvik's new welcome centre. (Photo retrieved on Spectacular NWT's Facebook page)

A 3.5-megawatt wind turbine has arrived in Inuvik, marking another completed step in the multi-year Inuvik Wind Project.

The Department of Infrastructure announced the arrival of the turbine and other component parts in the community on Tuesday.

“Despite challenges to the transportation of the wind turbine, caused by flooding, crews were able to successfully deliver the turbine to Inuvik without sustaining damage or delaying the project,” reads a release from the Department of Infrastructure.

Other parts of the project are still in progress, including the construction of a six-kilometre access road to the turbine, and work on the turbine’s foundation.

Once complete, the wind project is expected to reduce diesel consumption by 30 per cent in the territory’s largest diesel-powered community. This amounts to a 3 million-litre reduction in diesel consumption every year.

The Inuvik Wind Project first received funding in 2018. Thirty million of this funding will come from the federal government, while $10 million will come from the GNWT.

Construction on the project began in January, and the turbine is expected to be up and running sometime in 2023.

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