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City businessman sees opportunity in Beothuk Energy project


When it comes to opportunity, Glen Sullivan said “sometimes it just knocks on the door, other times you get ready for it.”

To get ready for it, Sullivan, co-owner of Atlantic Hydraulic and Machine Limited, attended an information session held by Beothuk Energy at the Glynmill Inn on Thursday afternoon. About 30 people attended the session, one of two held during the day.

Beothuk plans to set up an offshore wind energy manufacturing facility at the port in Corner Brook and a 180-megawatt offshore wind park in St. George’s Bay. The park is one of five the company plans, with another on the Burgeo Banks, and one each in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Sullivan said he’d welcome having another business in the port.

“I drive past it everyday and it’s a chainlink fence and there’s a lock on it and there’s nothing happening,” he said.

He sees the project making the market in the city more competitive and that, he said, would be beneficial for everyone.

“I’m into the type of work that they would require for this,” he said of Beothuk’s plan. The fabrication division of his company, A.H.M. Fabricators, is located at the port.

“I could help to manufacture some of the pieces and parts that would be used in this construction.”

That would include working with any of the metal that needs to be bent, formed or made into a certain shape.

Indirectly, he sees opportunity on the service side of his business in design and repair work.

“If there was work in Corner Brook, a project like this from my experience it would not only be good for here. It would bring contractors and workers from other parts,” he said, adding increased business for hotels, motels and restaurants comes along with it.

“The spinoffs would be all over.”

Jackie Chow is the port manager and CEO of the Corner Brook Port Corporation.

“This is the type of activity we’ve been seeking in terms, of our economic development mandate to facilitate industries that have the potential to significantly impact economic activity in the region,” she said.  “More people employed, more goods and services in the community, more shipping into the port, more shipping out of the port.”

Chow said the port has already identified space where the project could be located.

“It will be a significant footprint for a project of this magnitude, but we do have the ability to accommodate it here in the port.”

Before the end of this year, the port will embark on the environmental process it needs to undertake as part of the infrastructure proposal with Beothuk.

To get ready for it, Sullivan, co-owner of Atlantic Hydraulic and Machine Limited, attended an information session held by Beothuk Energy at the Glynmill Inn on Thursday afternoon. About 30 people attended the session, one of two held during the day.

Beothuk plans to set up an offshore wind energy manufacturing facility at the port in Corner Brook and a 180-megawatt offshore wind park in St. George’s Bay. The park is one of five the company plans, with another on the Burgeo Banks, and one each in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Sullivan said he’d welcome having another business in the port.

“I drive past it everyday and it’s a chainlink fence and there’s a lock on it and there’s nothing happening,” he said.

He sees the project making the market in the city more competitive and that, he said, would be beneficial for everyone.

“I’m into the type of work that they would require for this,” he said of Beothuk’s plan. The fabrication division of his company, A.H.M. Fabricators, is located at the port.

“I could help to manufacture some of the pieces and parts that would be used in this construction.”

That would include working with any of the metal that needs to be bent, formed or made into a certain shape.

Indirectly, he sees opportunity on the service side of his business in design and repair work.

“If there was work in Corner Brook, a project like this from my experience it would not only be good for here. It would bring contractors and workers from other parts,” he said, adding increased business for hotels, motels and restaurants comes along with it.

“The spinoffs would be all over.”

Jackie Chow is the port manager and CEO of the Corner Brook Port Corporation.

“This is the type of activity we’ve been seeking in terms, of our economic development mandate to facilitate industries that have the potential to significantly impact economic activity in the region,” she said.  “More people employed, more goods and services in the community, more shipping into the port, more shipping out of the port.”

Chow said the port has already identified space where the project could be located.

“It will be a significant footprint for a project of this magnitude, but we do have the ability to accommodate it here in the port.”

Before the end of this year, the port will embark on the environmental process it needs to undertake as part of the infrastructure proposal with Beothuk.

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