Suzlon Group secures 48 MW wind energy order in France

Wind turbine maker Suzlon Thursday said its subsidiary REpower has bagged an order for supplying turbines to four wind farms in France.

“REpower Systems SE signed a contract with Valorem for 24 wind turbines of 2 megawatt power capacity to be supplied to four windfarms in French Picardie, Pays de la Loire and Burgundy regions,” Suzlon said in a statement.

REpower will also provide the full maintenance of the windfarms for 10 years, the statement said without specifying the financial details of the order.

The Airaine wind farm, located in Picardie, with a total power output of 12 MW, will be inaugurated on 19th September.

Work at the Pays de Retz South windfarm, located in Loire Atlantique, began recently and the commissioning is planned is like late this year.

The 12 turbines intended for Venoy Bene and Courgis, located in Burgundy will be erected in the beginning of 2014 and the two wind farms will be commissioned in spring 2014.

The towers of the 24 turbines will be manufactured at the Franc?ole facility in the Burgundy region.

“We are glad to renew the partnership with REpower. We already have 21 REpower turbines in operation in Western France and a good partnership is established within our companies,” Jean-Yves Grandidier, President, Valorem said in the statement.

“We are pleased Valorem is continuing the business partnership with REpower for these four contracts. This highlights the quality of our service and the reliability of our turbines,” Olivier Perot, Managing Director ? REpower Systems added.

With a total output of 48 MW, the four wind farms will cover the electricity needs of approximately 48,500 people (including heating) and offset 32,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.