Multibrid eyes Ontario for offshore turbine manufacturing
Ontario's economy has really been gutted over the past few years. the manufacturing sector has been a key factor in the erosion of Ontario's, once mighty manufacturing base, as the big automobile manufacturers (GM and Ford) have imploded, due to rising gas prices and poor managment decisions.
The announcement the Multibrid wants to build turbine's in Ontario is good news for blue collar workers in the province. The provincial and federal government's should act quickly to reach an agreement with Mutlibrid and ensure the plant is build in Ontario. You can be that both Obama and McCain will be doing there best to ensure that Michigan, New York and Ohio, who have also seen big losses in the manufacturing sector, get a shot at the business.
Multibrid, the German maker of the M5000 offshore wind turbine that is majority owned by French nuclear giant Areva, says it wants to build a turbine manufacturing plant in North America and believes Ontario is an ideal location. A Multibrid representative told reporters in Toronto today that there are 22 offshore wind projects proposed in North America, many of them to be located in the Great Lakes. He said southern Ontario is centrally located, has good highway, rail and waterway access through the St. Lawrence, has local steelmaking capacity, and has a skilled manufacturing base that makes it a strong candidate for a plant.
A recent report from Helimax Energy Inc. estimated there are 64 offshore wind sites on the Ontario side of the Great Lakes alone, representing 35,000 megawatts of development potential. To make Ontario even more attractive, Trillium Power -- a Toronto company that wants to develop a 750 MW wind farm in Lake Ontario, and possibly a second of equal size -- has created a buying consortium called Tai Wind. The consortium includes Trillium and Fisherman's Energy of New Jersey, which is proposing two offshore projects off the coasts of Massachusetts and New Jersey. So far, Tai Wind represents a potential of 300 turbine purchases, but it is in talks with six other offshore developers about joining the consortium. With enough potential orders under its belt, Tai Wind hopes to assure Multibrid that there's enough demand in the market to justify building its plant in Ontario. At the same time, consortium members would be assured easier access to offshore turbines that would otherwise have to come from Europe at greater expense and after a lengthy wait. As a developer, said Kourtoff, "you're simply not going to get an offshore turbine unless you get a manufacturer here."