Majority Indigenous-owned Sukunka Wind Project commissioned
By Anthony Capkun
April 14, 2021 – The 15-MW Sukunka Wind Project—developed by Saulteau First Nations (SFN) and its partner, Natural Forces—is complete, and is now the largest majority-owned Indigenous green energy project in British Columbia.
“This was a complex project undertaken during very difficult times. I am very proud of our whole team,” said Chief Justin Napoleon. “Our partners, contractors and suppliers had to be smart, flexible and adaptable to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic. We all stayed on course to complete this major project and, together, we delivered it on time and on budget.”
“We strongly believe that, as we continue to electrify our economy using green energy, there is a bright future for low-cost, low-carbon, Indigenous-led projects,” said John Brereton, president, Natural Forces.
The partners believe that Indigenous-led clean energy projects can create employment and business development opportunities for local contractors, as well as long-term, stable revenues for communities like Saulteau.
“The successful completion of this Indigenous-led clean energy project—especially during the pandemic—is a very significant accomplishment that highlights the entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity of First Nations in B.C.,” said Minister Bruce Ralston. “Congratulations to the Saulteau First Nation and their partners.”
• Location: South of Chetwynd, B.C.
• Commissioning date: March 31, 2021
• Capacity: 15 MW
• Capital invested: $45 million
• Turbines: Enercon EP3 126-m rotor, 135-m MST
• Prime contractor: Natural Forces Construction
• Civil construction: 4Evergreen Resources LP
• Tower erection: EWR
• Other contractors: FMI/Kikinaw, Lindberg, Arctic Arrow, Westpark, Struthers, WSP, Borea, Ilgen, Mistahiya, Siemens, PTW, Mamic Transportation, Plan B, Black Diamond, Swamp Donkey