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 turbines and 96 MM92 turbines. The 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. This first contract was concluded under a 954 MW framework agreement signed with Saint-Laurent Énergies inc.
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 turbines are to be commissioned by December 2012, while the remaining 75 turbines will enter operation in 2013. The 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 turbines have been designed for the humid Canadian weather with heavy temperature fluctuations, and have already proven themselves in test projects in Québec”.
Suzlon seems to continue unabated with orders, as a couple of days ago they announced a joint venture with St. Louis based Affinity Wind to develop 150MW projects in Illinois.
Just a couple of days before that Suzlon Group, the world’s third leading wind power company, announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Gujarat to develop 1,000 megawatt (MW) of new wind power capacity in the state over the next three years a few days back.
A couple of weeks ago Suzlon had signed an agreement with Hindustan Zinc Limited, a Vedanta Group company and the world’s largest producer of zinc, to set up, operate and maintain 150 megawatt (MW) of wind power projects across the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.