Wind energy in India: Gamesa wind turbines for a wind farm

The company will install 50 of its G114-2.0 MW class S wind turbines at a wind farm being built in the state of Andhra Pradesh and 42 wind turbines of this same model at a second project located in the state of Karnataka.

Gamesa continues to notch up product strategy milestones having secured the first orders to supply the G114-2.0 MW turbine in India, a model for which the worldwide orderbook already stands at over 2,000 MW. Specifically, these two contracts contemplate the installation of 92 G114-2.0 MW class S wind turbines (184 MW) in India.

With the signature of these contracts, the company’s global order intake in 2015 topped 3,880 MW.

The first order, placed by a leading independent power producer, encompasses the installation of 50 of its G114-2.0 MW class S at a project located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, which will be commissioned during 2016. The second order, meanwhile, placed by an important Indian renewable energy developer, includes the supply of 42 of its G114-2.0 MW class S turbines to a wind farm located in the state of Karnataka. The project is slated for commissioning in December 2016.

With a tower height of 106 metres, this new G114-2.0 MW class S turbine variant is custom-designed for the low wind speed sites of India.

In both cases, the turbines will be manufactured at the nacelle factory in Mamandur, close to Chennai, which Gamesa expanded one year ago in order to install a new production line and introduce the G114-2.0 MW into the Indian market.

“Technology is a key source of differentiation in terms of maintaining Gamesa’s competitive edge in India, a priority market in which it is the leading OEM. India accounted for 28% of the company’s sales volume (in MW) in the third quarter of 2015”, explained Ramesh Kymal, Gamesa’s CEO in India.

The G114-2.0 MW is designed to yield more power at lower cost at low and medium wind speed sites, making it particularly suited to India’s wind conditions. With a rotor spanning 114 metres, the new turbine’s sweep area is 38% greater than that of the G97-2.0 MW and it produces up to 20% more energy a year. This turbine is part of Gamesa’s 2.0-2.5 MW platform whose credentials include 21 GW of installations in 35 countries.

Gamesa’s presence in India – as technology provider and wind farm developer – dates back to 2009. To date, it has installed close to 2,270 MW and services over 2,000 MW under O&M agreements. In addition, in its capacity as wind farm developer, it has developed 1,435 MW. The company has been the number one OEM by market share for the last two years. Its order intake in 2015 topped 1,300 MW in India, up 54% year-on-year.