Raglan Mine facilities are not connected to either the hydroelectric or natural gas networks. As a result we must produce our own electricity using diesel fuel. In order to reduce our fossil energy dependence and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), for a few years now, we have been exploring options to gradually introduce green energy into our power generation portfolio and are carefully studying the potential of wind power. Wind speed data was collected from three wind monitoring stations to help provide critical data to inform us on the potential of wind power at the Raglan Mine site.
As a part of this review, we conducted consultations in the communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq, to share our research results and invited feedback on any issues or concerns with the wind power concept. The community responded with questions regarding possible impacts on environment and wildlife. These concerns were addressed and have led us to modify the initial wind farm concept to reduce impact in the region.
The first step of our pilot project was completed in August 2014 with the erection of a wind turbine at the Raglan Mine site. The second step involves integrating an energy storage system with the energy network to enable maximum energy penetration from the wind turbine. This second step was completed in 2015.
We anticipate that our investment in research and development will contribute to the general knowledge-base of wind energy technologies in an Arctic environment and future energy solutions for the communities close to our operations.