The local purchase of Apuiat . has been ignored

The establishment of the Apuiat wind farm, on the North Shore, would likely have many benefits…outside of Quebec. According to the consultation document NewspaperThere is still no requirement for regional or local content in this project which has been announced with great fanfare by the CAQ government.

The $600 million project, which aims to generate 200 megawatts of power starting in 2024, is the result of an over-the-counter agreement between Hydro-Québec and a partnership between Boralex and Apuiat, a limited partnership founded by eight Innu Aboriginal communities.

Initially announced in 2018 by the Couillard government, the project was denounced by François Legault due to the lack of regional or local content requirements.

However, Legault promised…

The CAQ government had halted the project before it changed its mind, and made an announcement last year. Mr Legault also tweeted that the project “was a winner for Quebec”.

But according to a letter from the office of the Secretary of Energy, Jonathan Julien, nothing has changed on the question of Quebec’s content. “The law on public policy does not provide that a project may be the subject of a decree of concern, including the expectations of the government in economic matters.” […]such as a targeted level of local or regional content.”

This situation makes Matane’s PQ MP, Pascal Birubi, jump, worried about the Marmen plant, which is running in slow motion, due to a lack of wind power contracts.

“I want to make sure that there are requirements in this project for local content, as is the norm in the wind energy sector, to maximize the benefits. […] What I want is for us to be able to restart the Marmen factory in Matane.”

call him NewspaperThe company’s president, Patrick Bellerin, shares the same concerns and will regret seeing China win the day.

“I do not say that Game Lost, but the situation is difficult. We are bidding with major turbine manufacturers. Many of them told us they are looking to China, because the product is cheaper.”

Marmen manufactures wind turbine towers. He is the only player in Quebec who has developed this expertise.

“This project could have helped us, because the plant has moved, but our scale is very small. At the moment, we do not make components for wind turbines,” explains Mr. Pellerin.

With the Apuiat contract, the company can call on 60 to 100 employees for at least a year, which is a good time to tackle the trough in the wind sector, before major contracts return from 2025.

The company also…

call him NewspaperApuiat ensures that the contract will have an impact on the region.

“There are confidentiality clauses, but the project itself will certainly create local and regional subsidiaries, in terms of 300 on-site workers and ownership agreements,” said Katry Jordan, Director of Environmental Relations.

PQ wants concrete actions

But MP Pascal Biroby is asking the government to include local content every time in all wind energy contracts.

“The government should define requirements for local content, in particular for the Gaspésie administrative region and the MRC de la Matanie, as well as for Quebec content,” he said.

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