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Wind farm near completion; DSTN lays off workers

DSTN, is on the verge of completing a 10-tower order for Acciona Windpower, with the last tower section for a 30-megawatt wind farm shipped there on Tuesday. As a result, the company has temporarily laid off employees involved in that project; a spokesman declined to give an exact number of affected people.

A number of workers in Prince Edward Island have been temporarily laid off as a Trenton windmill parts manufacturer winds down a project there.

DSTN, formally known as DSME Trenton Ltd., is on the verge of completing a 10-tower order for Acciona Windpower, with the last tower section for a 30-megawatt wind farm in the Hermanville and Clear Springs area of eastern Kings County, P.E.I., shipped there on Tuesday.

As a result, the company has temporarily laid off employees involved in that project; a spokesman declined to give an exact number of affected people.

“DSTN continues to have approximately 90 skilled employees at the Trenton facility and are confident those employees affected will be able to return in the near future, Scott Covey said in an e-mail.

Nova Scotia taxpayers own a major part of the company, as the provincial government paid $60 million in 2010 for a 49 per cent stake in the facility.

Some of the laid-off staff could return to work if DSTN provides towers for the $196-million, 34-turbine South Canoe Wind project in Lunenburg County.

Sydney-based independent power producer Cape Breton Explorations Ltd. has asked the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

A number of workers in Prince Edward Island have been temporarily laid off as a Trenton windmill parts manufacturer winds down a project there.

DSTN, formally known as DSME Trenton Ltd., is on the verge of completing a 10-tower order for Acciona Windpower, with the last tower section for a 30-megawatt wind farm in the Hermanville and Clear Springs area of eastern Kings County, P.E.I., shipped there on Tuesday.

As a result, the company has temporarily laid off employees involved in that project; a spokesman declined to give an exact number of affected people.

“DSTN continues to have approximately 90 skilled employees at the Trenton facility and are confident those employees affected will be able to return in the near future, Scott Covey said in an e-mail.

Nova Scotia taxpayers own a major part of the company, as the provincial government paid $60 million in 2010 for a 49 per cent stake in the facility.

Some of the laid-off staff could return to work if DSTN provides towers for the $196-million, 34-turbine South Canoe Wind project in Lunenburg County.

Sydney-based independent power producer Cape Breton Explorations Ltd. has asked the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to overturn the provincial Utility and Review Board’s decision to approve the wind project, stating it should not have allowed Nova Scotia Power to partner with Minas Basin Pulp and Power and Oxford Frozen Foods.

A hearing is set for November.

“Everyone within DSTN continues to eagerly awaiting a decision on the South Canoe Wind Project,” Covey said.

“Beyond that, our diversification plan is ongoing as we reach out to a number of companies throughout the world with its focus remaining on the wind and oil and gas sectors.

In the meantime, Covey said they are continuing fabrication of four 30,000 USG pressure vessels which brings the total number of pressure vessels fabricated in the Trenton facility to six.


Source: http://thechronicleherald.c...

OCT 18 2013
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