Vestas has received an order for 20 units of the V82-1.65 MW wind turbine for the Vellappaneri Wind Farm project in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.
The contract comprises supply and commissioning of the turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system as well as a 10 year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled to start during the fourth quarter of 2010, and the project will be completed during the second quarter of 2011.
The order has been placed by Beta Wind Farm Pvt. Ltd, which is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Orient Green Power Company Limited (OGPL). The Orient Green Power currently operates 152.6 MW in wind and is planning to add another 300 MW in wind in 2011. This 33 MW wind farm in Tamil Nadu is Orient’s first project with Vestas.
Vestas has been active in India for more than 10 years, and as per 30 June 2010, Vestas had installed more than 2,300 MW of wind power in India. The first V82-1.65 MW wind turbines were installed in Kongalnagaram, Coimbatore in 2004. Since then, Vestas has installed around 500 V82-1.65 MW turbines in India.
Vestas had earlier won an order from CLP India to to develop a 99MW green-field wind farm project in Theni, Tamil Nadu, India.
“OGPL is continuously strengthening its position as a key player in green energy generation which we believe is of sustained significance in the future. We are very pleased to partner with Vestas for our 33 MW Tamil Nadu wind farm project. This wind farm would take OGPL a step closer to its target capacity of 350 MW, expected to be achieved by March 2011. Given the track record of Vestas, we look forward to the successful completion of this project within the prescribed timelines,” comments Mr T Shivaraman, Vice Chairman and Executive Director of Orient Green Power Company Limited.
Panchabuta would like to note here that, Shriram EPC the parent company of Orient Green Power Limited (OGPL) has a wind turbine manufacturing presence in India through Leitner Shriram Manufacturing Ltd.
That company is an Indo European Joint Venture between Shriram EPC Ltd. and Leitner Technologies to manufacture world-class Leitwind Wind Electric Generators. Leitner Shriram has an installed capacity of about 30MW as per data from MNRE for the first half this financial year.