GE Renewable Energy is partnering with the governments of Canada and Quebec for the expansion of its wind turbine blade factory in Gaspe, Canada. This decision came after the signing of an agreement with both parties; particularly, at an event attended by Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Jonatan Julien.
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About the partnership and the expansion of the turbine blade factory
Accordingly, the parties announced their plans to jointly invest in the expansion of the blade factory owned by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business. Thus, the investments will enable GE to expand its existing turbine blade factory; specifically, to meet the growing demand for renewable energy across North America.
According to a media release, the expansion will result in the creation of 200 skilled jobs. Besides, this turbine blade factory will provide clear evidence of how support for renewable energy can yield long-term economic growth.
Indeed, to date, the turbine blade factory manufactured over 10,000 blades, equivalent to approximately 6000MW. Besides, it was previously expanded in 2017 and started operations in 2005.
Reception at GE Renewables and LM Wind Power
In this sense, GE Canada president and CEO Heather Chalmers said; “GE believes climate change is an urgent global priority. Moreover, we are pleased to be working with committed partners, like Canada; particularly, to provide the myriad technology solutions that will be required for the world to meet its net-zero commitments.”
Lastly, Chalmers noted that the announced turbine blade factory expansion aligns perfectly with Canadian and Quebec government policy and economic ambitions. Thus, the company is pleased to partner with them on an initiative that underscores the ability to work together; mainly, to address the urgent global crisis of climate change.”
Similarly, Olivier Fontan, President, and CEO of LM Wind Power said; “We help our customers; particularly, to lead the energy transition by supplying them with state-of-the-art wind turbine blades. Accordingly, those enable them to produce clean, renewable energy as sustainably and efficiently as possible.”
“Therefore, our existing employees are proud to support this important work. Besides, our new colleagues will receive the training and support they need to contribute to this effort; particularly, in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.”