The company will provide 31 S95 2.1MW wind turbines working in partnership with joint venture company Rouar S.A.
Suzlon Group has won a contract to provide wind turbines for a 65MW wind energy project in Uruguay, located in the southern part of the country in the department of Colonia. The company will be working in partnership with Rouar S.A., a joint venture between Uruguay’s state-owned utility UTE and the Brazilian utility Eletrobras.
Rouar S.A. will be developing the project and Suzlon will supply 31 units of the S95 2.1MW wind turbine which has a hub height of 90 meters. The model is part of the group’s S9X portfolio which is optimized for medium to low wind regimes. Suzlon will also be responsible for the full EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) of the project which is scheduled for completion in September 2014.
The president of UTE, Mr Gonzalo Casaravilla, underlined the importance of working with Eletrobras and added that wind energy is one of the most important natural energy resources in the region.
“We hope this first experience with Suzlon will be successful and accomplish with our demanding project deadlines and quality standards” he added.
Mr Tulsi Tanti, the chairman of the Suzlon Group said that the contract is a major order for the company and a big step forward in its push into the South American energy market. He added that the company is very pleased to be working with UTE and Eletrobras through Rouar S.A. and is looking forward to a long and constructive relationship with the two companies.
“This order not only underscores our technology focus on medium and low wind regimes but also our emerging markets strategy” Mr Tanti said. “We believe South America will drive major growth in wind energy, which provides sustainable solutions that balance the region’s growing need for power to drive development, against the need to protect a diverse and fragile environment.”
Suzlon is the world’s fifth largest wind energy company in terms of cumulative installed capacity and marketshare and its global reach extends across Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and North and South America. The company has a global installed wind energy capacity of over 22,500MW, operates in over 30 countries and employs a workforce of over 11,000.