EverWind Fuels investing $100 million on Cape Breton Island
A big investment for Cape Breton Island.
Celtic Air Services, the operator of the Allan J. MacEachen Airport located in Port Hawkesbury, and charter service AxAir, have closed on an investment from the CEO of EverWind Fuels that will secure the future of the Nova Scotia aviation enterprise.
EverWind Fuels CEO Trent Vichie, who recently purchased a large energy storage facility in Point Tupper, is an infrastructure veteran who has invested $100 million in the region to develop a world class green hydrogen hub, create new clean energy jobs, and bring about a new industrial ecosystem in the region.
The investment in Celtic Air Services and AxAir is viewed as critical for EverWind’s plans in the area for clean, green energy development and specifically for leading the charge on Nova Scotia’s on-and off-shore wind resources.
Vichie says the Allan J. MacEachern Airport air operations are key to the continued development of this area.
“This investment was made to support the region and Celtic ensuring the company has the appropriate resources required to continue growing the airport for the benefit of all local communities, stakeholders, and rights-holders.
Aerial operations need to be planned and will form a critical link to support the region and Canada’s, and Nova Scotia’s, plans for the continued development of renewable wind resources in the region, as well as the green hydrogen economy to support global decarbonization.”
Celtic Air President David Morgan is excited about the successes to come.
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome not just the investment, but the global expertise that Trent and his team bring to Celtic,”
He has over a 25-year track record of success in large-scale infrastructure investments and co-founded one of the largest infrastructure managers in the world.
His guidance, mentorship, and resources will be critical as we look to grow both our airport asset base, as well as our charter airline."
Morgan says this will help add infrastructure to provide support for the increased air traffic at the airport, the companies are adding employees and laying out the groundwork to grow shoulder season traffic, add scheduled flights and build on their successes.
“This new partnership is surely to help us be in the position to maximize the opportunities for the airport itself, which will spread the operating costs over more aircraft movements, allowing for increases to service offerings.”
Morgan said, adding new snow clearing equipment and aircraft de-icing equipment are at the top of the list.