Gamesa has achieved a new milestone, having secured a contract for the installation of Asia’s tallest wind turbines, specifically in Thailand. With towers stretching 153 metres high – 18 units of the G114-2.0 MW model and 15 of the G114-2.1 MW – the turbines will also be the longest every supplied by Gamesa.
More specifically, the project, owned by the company Gunkul Engineering PCL, will imply the installation of 33 turbines with total capacity of 67.5 MW at the Sarahnlom wind farm being built by the developer PowerChina ZhongNan in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima, in central Thailand.
All of the turbines at this wind complex will be equipped with 153-metre tall towers (roughly half the height of New York’s Chrysler Building); factoring in its 56-metre blades, they will reach a total height from ground to blade tip of around 210 metres.
“In designing such tall towers, which are almost 30 metres taller than is usual for this model, and at a competitive cost, Gamesa’s R&D team has achieved a major technological feat. On the one hand, we reduce the Cost of Energy of the complex by boosting total energy output, as the turbines will reach heights at which the wind blows harder. On the other hand, we are demonstrating once again our ability to respond to what the market needs thanks to the versatility of our turbines”, said Juan Diego Díaz, Marketing Director.
The turbines will supplied during the first quarter of 2017 and commissioned the following quarter. In addition, Gamesa will maintain the complex for the next 10 years.
This is the second order secured by Gamesa in Thailand, having won an order for the supply of 60 MW from this same customer in 2015. In addition to Thailand, Gamesa’s Asian footprint extends to Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, China and India, having installed over 7,760 MW in these markets.