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Siemens to build blade factory in Ontario

CANADA: Siemens has announced it will be building a blade manufacturing facility in Canada as part of a 600MW supply agreement with Samsung.

Under the arrangement the turbines, which will be built jointly by Samsung and Siemens, will be used in projects planned for southern Ontario. Siemens has been working with Samsung and utility Pattern Energy in projects that come under the state’s Feed-in Tariff program.

The possibility of Siemens opening a Canadian factory was mooted in May by Siemens Canada chief executive officer Roland Aurich. He said the company was looking at sites for a factory, with Ontario the most likely location.

Aurich said Canada's burgeoning economy and demand for renewable energy was one of the motivating factors behind the plan.

In April Ontario's first feed-in tariffs (FIT) were awarded, with 48 wind farms included among the 184 contracts handed out. 2.5GW in contract were handed out. The 300 MW Wolfe Island Shoals offshore facility in Lake Ontario was the largest.

Under a deal with the Ontario government, Samsung is already constructing a tower manufacturing facility in the state. It will be complete by 2013.

In January, the Ontario government signed a long-anticipated and controversial deal with a Korean consortium headed by the Samsung C&T Corporation that will invest C$7billion over six years in renewable energy development and manufacturing in the province.

The deal covers the installation of 2GW of wind energy and the establishment of factories to produce turbine components.

 

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