GE Renewable Energy has announced it has been selected by Powerica Ltd to supply 38 of its 2.7-132 onshore wind turbines to be installed at the Rajkot and Khambaliya wind farms in Gujarat, India.
The Rajkot wind farm is located about 40 kilometres outside of Rajkot city and will comprise 19 onshore wind turbines, while the Khambaliya wind farm is located 55 kilometres outside of Jamnagar city and will comprise 19 onshore wind turbines. Both projects were won by Powerica through a competitive bidding process organized by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) and Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) respectively and will have an output capacity of 51.3 MW each.
The wind farms will generate clean electricity that will be sold through a long-term Power Purchase Agreement of 25 years. Power will be distributed to consumers connected to the state grid and national grid respectively. GE Renewable Energy and Powerica worked closely together to meet the LCOE desired for these wind projects and have created additional value by customising the wind turbine towers.
“We are very pleased to have been selected by Powerica for these two projects and to begin our partnership with them” said Gilan Sabatier, Regional Leader for GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business in South Asia and ASEAN, adding that GE will work closely with the company in order to optimise all aspects of the wind farms and is looking forward to furthering its partnership with them as they build their renewable energy portfolio.
Naresh Oberoi, Chairman of Powerica Ltd., said that the company is looking forward to the commissioning of these two projects on time and with the best generation assets.
The 2.7-132 turbine is ideally suited for Gujarat’s wind speed regime, having been designed primarily at GE's Technology Centre in Bangalore considering Indian wind conditions. Development of the turbine was based on experience acquired from more than 40,000 GE wind turbines around the world.