Sembcorp Commissions 250 MW of ISTS-Connected Wind Projects in Tamil Nadu

Sembcorp has commissioned 250 MW of interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected wind power projects. The capacity is part of the 1,000 MW of wind projects tendered by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in November 2016 under Tranche I.

The project is located in Chandragiri district of Tamil Nadu and consists of 119 units of 2.1 MW S111-120m wind turbine generators. Sembcorp Green had won the project in the first round of wind auction conducted by SECI on behalf of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in April 2017. The project’s entire capacity was completed ahead of the SECI timelines.

Power generated from the project will be supplied to the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, under a long-term power purchase agreement between Sembcorp and Power Trading Corporation. It is estimated that the project will light up more than 216,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by over 700,000 tons per annum.

According to Mercom’s India Wind Project Tracker, Sembcorp had won 250 MW of wind projects quoting ₹3.46 (~$0.051)/unit.

Vipul Tuli, the managing director of Sembcorp Energy India Limited, said in a media statement, “The successful completion of the Chandragiri wind power project is an important milestone in Sembcorp’s journey towards providing energy to support India’s continued development and prosperity. It is a moment of pride for us to be able to deliver the entire project ahead of the SECI timelines. This project adds to Sembcorp’s growing renewable energy portfolio worldwide and strengthens our collective track record in clean energy. Not only is this a happy day for Sembcorp, but also for the Indian energy sector. This project reflects the tremendous advances that India’s wind industry has made in ensuring cost effective energy security for India, through new technology, executing massive projects on time, indigenization, and with greater transparency.”

This is the first auctioned wind project to achieve 100 percent commissioning. Recently, Ostro Kutch Wind Private Limited (Now a part of ReNew Power) commissioned partial capacity of 126 MW ISTS-connected wind project located in Bhuj, Gujarat.

Saumy Prateek Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.