Canadian Manufacturing

Siemens Canada to build 124 turbines for Ont. wind project

South Kent wind project will generate enough energy to power up to 100,000 Ontario homes



OAKVILLE, Ont.—Siemens Canada has been awarded a contract to build 124 wind turbines for a project in southwestern Ontario.

According to the firm, the deal with Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc., and Pattern Energy Group will see it supply and commission the turbines for the 270-megawatt South Kent wind project in Chatham-Kent, Ont., located east of Windsor, Ont., on the shores of Lake Erie.

The project will generate enough energy to power up to 100,000 Ontario homes, according to Siemens.

All blades for the project will be manufactured by Siemens at the company’s wind turbine blade facility in Tillsonburg, Ont., located southeast of London, Ont.

Towers for the project will be manufactured at CS Wind’s facility in Windsor, Ont., using Ontario-made steel, according to Siemens.

Combined, Siemens said the two firms expect to create as many as 600 jobs in the province associated with the South Kent and subsequent projects.

“The approval of South Kent is a huge win for wind in Canada and we’re excited to be moving forward with our partners and to ramping up production in Tillsonburg,” Siemens Canada vice-president of wind power Jacob Andersen said in statement.

Installation of the wind turbines for the South Kent project is scheduled to begin this year, with the start of operations expected for spring 2014.

The deal also includes a three-year service agreement.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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