The Hutchinson News (MCT)
Officials this week announced a new wind farm in Canada will use Hutchinson-produced Siemens wind turbine hubs and nacelles.
The order, however, is already included among projects the Hutchinson plant has been gearing up for with the rehiring of 50 people at the plant this month.
"Yes, the Hutchinson facility will be supplying the nacelles and hubs for the South Kent wind farm," Monika Wood, a spokesperson for Siemens North America, stated in an email. "We've been ramping up in Hutchinson to meet the production needs for this order and others outside of the U.S. We are still in the process of rehiring."
Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP awarded the contract to Siemens Canada, to supply and commission the 124-turbine South Kent wind project, located in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in Southwestern Ontario, according to a PRNewswire release.
The 270-MW project will generate enough energy for up to 100,000 Ontario homes.
The SWT-2.3-101 turbines will be equipped with 101 meter blades manufactured by Siemens at the company's renovated blade facility in Tillsonburg, Ont., where hiring is also ramping up to fulfill the agreement. CS Wind in Windsor will supply the 99.5 meter towers for the project manufactured using Ontario-made steel.
Developers expect the South Kent project online by the end of the year. It is the first project of a planned 2GW of wind the partners are developing in Ontario under an agreement between the provincial government and a Samsung-led consortium.
As part of the South Kent deal, Siemens is also creating its first Canadian service centre at Chatham, Ontario, to store parts and train service technicians.