TR Turbines cause stir in Stewart

Trent Ernst, Editor

Wind turbines bound for Tumbler Ridge are causing quite a stir in Stewart.

The turbines are coming in via the Port of Stewart, and currently about 18 completed turbines have arrived at the lay-down near Gwillim Lake.

If you’ve never heard of the Port of Stewart, you’re not the only one. The port only opened last September, and had its first port call in February. It is Canada’s northernmost ice-free port, and the furthest north Canadian port on the West Coast. Indeed, the western side of the 100 km- long Portland Canal, which Stewart sits at the head of, is Alaska, while the east side of the canal is Canada.

Indeed, the port’s first big contract is to receive the towers and blades for the Miekle Wind Project.

Over the last few months, the giant blades and steel tubes have been arriving at the port, preparing to ship out via truck to Tumbler Ridge.

While the turbines are slowly making their way to Tumbler Ridge, pieces are still sitting around in Stewart. They caused a stir around the province after a resident in Stewart posted a video of the blades making the rather sharp corner at Meziadin Junction. According to Why We love Stewart, Highway 37A into Stewart is being closed for a couple hours each evening as the turbine pieces make their way down the highway.

The pieces will be assembled into turbines at the Meikle Wind energy project, British Columbia’s largest wind farm. It is expected to cost $400 million to build, has been designed to operate for a quarter-century, and will meet the energy needs of about 54,000 B.C. homes.