Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has consolidated its position in India with a deal to supply 250 MW to an Indian independent power producer (IPP) called Orange.
Orange is one of the leading IPP’s in India and Gamesa will supply the company with 125 G97-2.0 MW Class S wind turbines at three wind farms. The G97 has a tower height of 104 metres and Gamesa has custom designed the variant to be supplied to Orange specifically for the Indian market in order to maximise the turbine’s performance at low wind speed sites.
The agreement includes the turnkey construction of a 100 MW wind farm in the town of Ananthapur, in the state of Andhra Pradesh which will be commissioned in March 2016. Gamesa will also install and commission 50 MW (25 turbines) at the Ratlam wind farm and another 50 MW at the Agar wind farm, both of which are located in Madhya Pradesh. These will be commissioned in the first and third quarters of 2016 respectively. The agreement also includes the provision of related operation and maintenance services over the medium and long term.
India is one of the most promising wind power markets in the world at present, with installed capacity expected to increase to 40,000 MW by the end of 2019, driven by a huge demand for electricity. The Indian government has set an additional target of 60,000 MW by 2022.
These new orders reinforce Gamesa’s solid commercial position in India. The company ended 2014 as the leading OEM in the country for the second year running with a market share of 32 percent, compared to 21 percent in 2013. Gamesa first established a presence in India in 2009 and has installed close to 1,900 MW in the country. It also services over 1,850 MW through operations and management agreements.