GE to expand Canada blade factory

Manufacturer is partnering with national and Quebec governments to increase capacity at its Gaspe plant [Image: GE Renewable Energy]

GE Renewable Energy is partnering with the governments of Canada and Quebec for the expansion of its wind turbine blade facility in Gaspe, Canada.

At an event attended by Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Jonatan Julien, the parties announced their plans to jointly invest in the expansion of the facility owned by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business.

The investments will enable GE to expand its existing facility to meet the growing demand for renewable energy across North America.
The expansion will result in the creation of 200 skilled jobs, providing clear evidence of how support for renewable energy can yield long-term economic growth.

The factory, which started operations in 2005 and was previously expanded in 2017, has manufactured over 10,000 blades, equivalent to approximately 6000MW.

GE Canada president and CEO Heather Chalmers said: “GE believes climate change is an urgent global priority.

“We are pleased to be working with committed partners, like Canada, to provide the myriad technology solutions that will be required for the world to meet its net zero commitments.

“The plant expansion aligns perfectly with Canadian and Quebec government policy and economic ambitions and we are pleased to partner with them on an initiative that underscores the ability to work together to address the urgent global crisis of climate change.”

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