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Siemens 'ramping up' production

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A major contract for Siemens Canada means blades for 124 wind turbines will be constructed at the company’s Tillsonburg plant, the first production facility of its kind in Ontario.

Production and hiring in Tillsonburg will be ramping up to capacity in order to fulfill the agreement, said the company in a press release.

The announcement came Monday as part of a release indicating Siemens has been awarded a milestone order by Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) for the supply and commissioning of 124 wind turbines for the South Kent wind project.

Towers for the project will be manufactured at CS Wind's facility in Windsor using Ontario-made steel. Combined, said the press release, Siemens and CS Wind are expected to create up to 600 jobs in the province associated with the South Kent and subsequent projects.

The 270-MW wind energy project, located in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in Southwestern Ontario, will generate enough energy for up to 100,000 Ontario homes. The SWT-2.3-101 turbines to be installed for the project have a maximum power rating of up to 2.3 megawatts (MW) each and a rotor diameter of 101 meters at a hub-height of 99.5 metres.

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