Renewable energy developer and wind turbine manufacturer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has secured an order with Alfanar for the supply of 206 units of the SG2.2-122 wind turbines for two wind farms totaling 453 MW in India.
The order includes two wind projects which will be developed in Bhuj, Gujarat. The company will supply 202 MW for one project and 251 MW for the other project.
The projects are expected to be commissioned by 2020.
Alfanar Group had won the bid to develop 300 MW of wind projects quoting ₹2.77 (~$0.0381)/kWh in an auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for 1,200 MW of wind under Tranche-V. In another auction again by SECI, for 2 GW under Tranche III, Alfanar had quoted ₹2.45 (~$0.038)/kWh winning a bid to develop 300 MW.
According to Siemens Gamesa, the SG2.2-122 is specifically optimized for low wind, low turbulence sites typical of the Indian market for it has an extremely low power density and high efficiency.
Siemens Gamesa has been operating in India since 2009, and the base installed by the company recently surpassed the 6.2 GW mark. The company has two blade factories in Nellore (Andhra Pradesh), and Halol (Gujarat), a nacelle factory in Mamandur and an operations and maintenance center in Red Hills in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
In its financial results for the first half (October-March) and the second quarter (January-March) of the fiscal year (FY) 2019, the company announced logging of orders worth €10.9 billion ($12.25 billion) in the preceding 12 months (+8% YoY), driven by strong performance in all segments.
According to a report by the Global Wind Energy Council, eight out of the top 15 wind turbine manufacturers are based in China. The top wind turbine installers included Vestas, Goldwind, and Siemens Gamesa.
In a significant move, Siemens acquired 46% Equity in Greenko’s Poovani Wind Project in Tamil Nadu in March 2019. This was the first investment by Siemens in a wind project in Asia.
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Anjana is a news editor at Mercom India. Before joining Mercom, she held roles of senior editor, district correspondent, and sub-editor for The Times of India, Biospectrum and The Sunday Guardian. Before that, she worked at the Deccan Herald and the Asianlite as chief sub-editor and news editor. She has also contributed to The Quint, Hindustan Times, The New Indian Express, Reader’s Digest (UK edition), IndiaSe (Singapore-based magazine) and Asiaville. Anjana holds a Master’s degree in Geography from North Bengal University, and a diploma in mass communication and journalism from Guru Ghasidas University, Bhopal.