REpower Systems bags 300 MW wind power contract

First contract concluded under a 954 MW framework agreement signed with Saint-Laurent Énergies inc. Order comprises of 150 REpower’s MM82 and MM92 wind turbines (CCV) to be installed in Canada. Conclusion of the contract marks the company’s largest onshore project to date.

Suzlon Group, the world’s third largest wind turbine supplier, announced that REpower Systems AG – in which Suzlon Energy Limited is the majority shareholder with a holding of over 90 per cent – and Saint-Laurent Énergies inc. (SLE) have concluded a contract for the delivery of 150 wind turbines.

In two phases, REpower will deliver, install and commission 54 MM82 wind turbines and 96 MM92 wind turbines. The wind turbines have a total power of 300 megawatt (MW) and are destined for the Lac Alfred wind farm project in the Canadian province of Québec.

This contract marks the largest onshore project to date for the company. Mr. Tulsi R. Tanti, Chairman of the Suzlon Group, said: “This is a remarkable achievement and a very strong testament to the superior sector technology that REpower brings to the table. Canada is an increasingly important market for us and today’s order underlines this.”

Mr. Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems AG: “This is our largest onshore project to date and thus marks a further milestone in REpower’s international business and the North American market, a market which is important for us. We want to carry out many more projects in Canada and this is a market in which we can make the most of the advantages of our technology.”

Lac Alfred will be installed in two phases: the first 75 wind turbines are to be commissioned by December 2012, while the remaining 75 wind turbines will enter operation in 2013. The wind turbines are from the MM series with a hub height of 80 meters and a rated power of 2.05 megawatts (MW) each.

Mr. Matthias Schubert, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at REpower Systems AG, explains: “We have adapted our turbines to the demanding grid conditions in Canada and use special cold climate versions (CCV). These wind turbines have been designed for the humid Canadian weather with heavy temperature fluctuations, and have already proven themselves in test projects in Québec”.

REpower Systems AG, a Suzlon group company, is one of the leading manufacturers of onshore and offshore wind turbines. The international mechanical engineering company develops, produces and markets wind turbines with rated outputs of 2.05 MW to 6.15 MW and rotor diameters of 82 meters to 126 meters for almost any location.

The company also offers a comprehensive portfolio of service and maintenance packages. The profitable and reliable systems are designed at the REpower TechCenter in Osterrönfeld and manufactured at its plants in Husum (North Friesland), Trampe (Brandenburg) and Bremerhaven as well as Portugal and China.

With about 2,000 employees worldwide, the company, which has been listed since March 2002 and is headquartered in Hamburg, can make use of the experience gained from the manufacture and installation of over 2,000 wind turbines around the world. REpower is represented by distribution partners, subsidiaries and participations in European markets such as France, Belgium, the UK, Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as on a global level in the USA, Japan, China, Australia and Canada.

Suzlon Group ranked as the world’s third leading wind turbine supplier in terms of market share in 2009. Suzlon has its corporate headquarters – Suzlon One Earth – in Pune, India. The company’s global spread reflects in its projects and markets portfolio – extending across Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa and North and South America. Suzlon is a highly vertically integrated wind turbine manufacturer with manufacturing capability along the full value chain – from components to complete wind turbine systems.

The Group has installed over 15,000 MW of wind energy capacity in 25 countries, established operations across 32 countries, with a workforce of over 13,000 personnel. Suzlon was recognized with the Gigaton Award for global leadership in emissions control and sustainability practices in the energy at the COP16 summit in Cancun, Mexico. Suzlon was also ranked as a prestigious ‘Business Superbrand’ ranking in 2010 for the second time. Suzlon has a share of over 90 per cent in REpower, and taken together, have a combined market share of 9.8 per cent (Derived from BTM Consult ApS World Market Update 2009, ranking Suzlon with 6.4 per cent of global market share and REpower with 3.4 per cent of global market share.)