Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, has been appointed as lead environmental consultant for Nova East Wind Inc., a joint venture between DP Energy and SBM Offshore. The project builds on Stantec’s ongoing focus on renewable energy projects through complex regulatory landscapes.

Nova East Wind Inc. plans to build an offshore floating wind farm off the eastern coast of Nova Scotia. The Nova East Wind project is proposed to be located 20 to 30 kilometers off Goldboro and is anticipated to have a total capacity of between 300 and 400 megawatts.

Stantec will lead an environmental impact assessment for the project, which will include various onshore and offshore biophysical and socioeconomic studies and stakeholder and Indigenous engagement.  This project will not only diversify renewable energy options in the province and help support local and national climate action goals but will also represent a stepping-stone project for the offshore wind industry in Canada.

“This is an exciting time for us. We look forward to working alongside partners like DP Energy and SBM Offshore on this project,” said Dale Conroy, Stantec’s project director and environmental services power sector leader in Canada. “As a global leader in the environmental consulting sector, our team is committed to delivering impact assessment services that contribute to the development of clean energy in Canada.”

Stantec aims to use its comprehensive knowledge and industry experience to help the project address Canada’s move towards renewable, specifically offshore wind energy. Its team of local and international experts brings extensive experience delivering environmental consulting services from the early conceptual stage to the end of construction, into operations, and eventual decommissioning.

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Examples of Stantec’s offshore wind environmental services include our work on the Community Offshore Wind, Sunrise, South Fork Wind, Skipjack and Block Island Wind Farm projects in the Atlantic Ocean off the northeast coast of the United States. These services include the full spectrum of assessments, approvals, and permits for the construction and operation of the wind farms.

The scope and initiative of the Nova East Wind project represent a significant stride towards Canada’s clean energy future. Subject to regulatory approval, the project is planned to be operational by 2030 and could support Nova Scotia and Canada’s decarbonization goals of having 80 per cent renewable energy and retiring coal generation.

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