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Suzlon to make REpower turbines at Mangalore plant

As readers of Panchabuta are aware, India had 11,800 MW of wind power installed at the end of March 2010 according to the Indian Wind Energy Association, making it the world’s fifth largest wind power market.

 Considering the current industry trends and futuristic developments, research reports indicate that cumulative installed capacities will advance at a CAGR of 14% during FY 2011-FY 2014.

This comes at a time when 9,295 MW of wind power capacity (worth €12.7 billion) was installed in the EU during 2010, down 11% compared to the previous year. The wind installations in the US about 5115MW in 2010 down from about close to 10010MW in 2009.

It is based on these bullish demand projections that a number of manufacturers have announced ambitious expansion plans. Almost every major manufacturer has announced ambitious India expansion plans.

According to reports, Suzlon Energy plans to shortly start making REpower wind turbines at its plant near Mangalore. Suzlon owns about 91 per cent of REpower Systems AG of Germany.

“There are definite plans to make REpower turbines at our Mangalore unit, which will be for the export markets,” Mr Tulsi Tanti, Chairman and Managing Director, Suzlon Energy Ltd, told Business Line over telephone today.

Suzlon has a facility at Padubidri, near Mangalore, which makes rotor blades, nacelles (the part at the top of the tower that holds components such as gears and brakes), nacelle covers and nose cones, with a total capacity of 1,500 MW a year.

Suzlon’s plan is to manufacture REpower’s 2-MW wind turbines in Mangalore and export them to markets such as the US, Canada, Australia and Brazil. It will source gearboxes from Hansen’s plant in Coimbatore (Suzlon is the single largest shareholder in Hansen), rotor blades from the Mangalore unit and generators and control systems from Coimbatore.

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