It will supply and install 131 of its 2.3 MW 120 turbines at the Bhuj Wind Project, which is being developed by Middle East energy company Alfanar.
The project is due to be commissioned within the next 18 months. Hamburg-headquartered Senvion’s scope also includes a 10-year operations and maintenance contract.
Once commissioned it is expected that the windfarm will generate enough clean power to supply the power needs of almost 290,000 Indian homes.
David Hardy of Senvion said the contract “demonstrates that Senvion has come of age in India”. He said Senvion had put in place in India execution teams, production facilities, a service centre and the largest R&D centre outside of its home base in Germany. “We expect a very busy time ahead in Indian market.”
Jamal M.Wadi, chief executive of Saudi Arabia-headquartered Alfanar Energy, said India “continues to be a promising market, particularly in its recent shift to renewable energy development made possible by the vision and support of the government. The 300 MW winning of the Bhuj Wind Project brings our total global portfolio in solar, wind and waste to energy projects to 1.4 GW. Considering the expertise of Senvion, we look forward for a timely completion of the project.”
Alfanar was established in 1976 in and is one of the largest EPC contractors in Saudi Arabia, where it also owns the largest engineering firm, Dar Engineering.
Gujarat’s government wants to double windpower capacity in the state by 2022. At the end of last year, Gujarat had an installed wind capacity of 5526 MW, the second highest in the country after Tamil Nadu, which had 7800 MW.
In fact, according to the World Economic Forum, Tamil Nadu is “a world leader when it comes to renewable energy”.
WEF says the state’s 7.9 GW “puts it ahead of many countries regarded as champions of green power. For example, Sweden is aiming to become one of the first countries to generate 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources. But it has a wind-power capacity of 6.7 GW, a tenth less than Tamil Nadu.”
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