GE Renewable Energy, the Canadian government and the Government of Quebec are investing an undisclosed amount in the expansion of a wind turbine blade plant in the east of the country.
They plan to expand the GE LM Wind Power subsidiary’s plant in GaspÃ©, Quebec, creating around 200 skilled jobs. These new jobs will be in addition to the approximately 380 people who currently work at the plant.
The additional jobs will be in both production and support roles, a GE spokesperson told Windpower Monthly.
GE plans to expand the plant to meet the growing demand for renewable energy in North America, he explained. It is not clear whether this anticipated growth is only for the United States or covers Canada as well.
GE is the turbine supplier for more than 15 GW of U.S. wind farms that have yet to go into commercial operation, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly. Meanwhile, he has no pending Canadian orders in Windpower Intelligence’s database.
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Since the opening of the GaspÃ© plant in 2005, more than 10,000 blades – enough to accommodate around 6 GW of turbines – have been manufactured there. It had already been enlarged in 2017.