Saudi Arabian renewables developer and independent power producer Alfanar has awarded the contract for two windfarms in India with a total of 453 MW to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
Siemens Gamesa will supply 206 units of its SG 2.2-122 wind turbines for the windfarms, which are expected to be commissioned by 2020. Both projects of 202 MW and 251 MW will be located in Bhuj, in Gujarat.
The SG 2.2-122 is specifically designed for India, optimized for low wind, low turbulence sites typical of extremely low power density and high efficiency markets. Siemens Gamesa said the project is a crucial milestone for the company, having sold over 1 GW to India in the current fiscal year.
According to Global Wind Energy Council, India is ranked fourth in global windpower installed capacity. The onshore potential in the country is promising as it stands at 300 GW, of which only 35 GW have been tapped. India’s government has established a target of reaching 65 GW of cumulative windpower capacity by 2022.
“Alfanar is already our customer globally and we are happy to announce this first deal with the company in India,” said Ramesh Kymal, Onshore chief executive of Siemens Gamesa in India.
“Repeated big orders such as this certainly boosts our confidence and demonstrates customers’ trust in our capabilities. With the SG 2.2-122 – a turbine made for India – we expect to deliver better value to our customers through innovative, tailor-made solutions,”
Jamal Wadi, chief executiveof Alfanar Global Development, said, “As one of the global players for developing renewable projects, we are happy to partner with Siemens Gamesa yet again, this time for part of our 600 MW portfolio awarded under the SECI bids which we are developing in Bhuj, India. With more than 3 GW of greenfield development in the pipeline for Alfanar in India, our main goal is to provide value and benefit to the community by partnering with reliable manufacturers”.
Siemens Gamesa’s has two blade factories in Nellore (Andhra Pradesh), and Halol (Gujarat), a nacelle factory in Mamandur (Chennai, Tamil Nadu) and an operations & maintenance centre in Red Hills (Chennai, Tamil Nadu).