‘Renewable energy is available today and can be installed in the Arctic,’ says Quebec’s Tugliq Energy
A company that has designed a wind turbine in Nunavik, in northern Quebec, says the same technology would work in Nunavut and other remote areas of the Arctic. ugliq Energy says its wind turbine has cut costs at Glencore’s Raglan Mine, lowered the mine’s use of diesel, and minimized its carbon footprint. Tugliq now wants to bring the same technology to mine sites in Nunavut, such as TMAC’s Hope Bay mine, and communities across the North.
“We’re already doing it — renewable energy is available today and can be installed in the Arctic,” said Laurent Abbatiello, CEO of the Quebec-based Tugliq Energy. “It is feasible technically and there’s also strong business cases in many occurrences where it’s going to be profitable.”
Raglan Mine is a large nickel mining complex in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, approximately 100 kilometres south of Deception Bay. In 2014, Tugliq Energy constructed a 120 metre high wind turbine and storage facility at the Raglan mine site, which was heavily dependent on diesel fuel.
The turbine takes advantage of the high winds in the area, and saved the mine about 2.1 million litres of diesel in its first year of operation.Glencore predicts that it will save the company more than $40 million in fuel costs over 20 years.
Abbatiello says building in the Arctic was challenging and methods used in places such as Montreal couldn’t work in the North. “It was quite difficult. There was a couple of challenges that we needed to overcome,” said Abbatiello.
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