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Wind Energy: Siemens to build turbine plant in Ontario


September 14, 2010
Plant Magazine

Siemens manufactures rotor blades like this one in one cast that are 52 metres long.

Photo: Siemens

BURLINGTON, Ont.: Siemens Canada will build Ontario’s first wind turbine blade factory somewhere in Ontario as Samsung C&T and Pattern Energy develop 2,000 megawatts of wind power over the next six years under the province’s FIT program.

Siemens, a global electronics and electrical engineering company based in Germany, will supply renewable energy developers Samsung and Pattern Energy with wind turbines capable of generating up to 600 megawatts of power as part of a massive project intended to provide power to more than 240,000 homes.

Siemens Canada would not divulge the value of its planned investment in the blade plant, but the agreement is expected to result in the creation of 300 “green collar” jobs and up to 600 construction and indirect service jobs.

“The site selection process is nearing completion,” said Bill Smith, the company’s senior vice-president for energy. “Eight sites have been short listed between Windsor and Hamilton and [Siemens] is aiming to make an official announcement by the end of September. The goal is for the plant to be up and running by late next year, and ready to supply blades for the 2012 construction season.”

Smith said transportation logistics, building size and configuration, availability of lay-down space for blade storage, capacity to expand and cost are all factors that will impact the location choice.