First Canadian-made Siemens wind turbine blade shipped
By Design Engineering StaffGeneral Energy Siemens wind power
Blade from Tillsonburg manufacturing plant delivered to South Kent Wind project site.
Siemens announced it has officially shipped its first ‘made-in-Canada’ wind turbine blade from its manufacturing facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario. After a send-off from employees, who have proudly crafted the piece by hand, the 49-metre blade made its way to the region of Chatham-Kent where it will be used in the South Kent Wind project.
This first blade is one of 372 blades to be employed in the commissioning of 124 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines at South Kent Wind as part of the 270-MW agreement between Siemens and Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern).
The 253,000-sq.-ft. Tillsonburg plant was a former Magna International location that originally opened in 1975 and had been vacant since 2008. The building was overhauled in 2010 by Siemens to set up its home of turbine blade production currently housing more than 200 employees.
In addition to manufacturing, Siemens has also established its first Canadian wind turbine service and maintenance distribution centre in Chatham, Ontario.