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Alstom France to set up a wind power equipment manufacturing facility in India

The wind manufacturing space has grown steadily in India with about 7.5GW of manufacturing capacity in India today which is expected to reach about 10.5GW in 2012-13.

Chennai has been leading the efforts in manufacturing in India and the major players in Tamil Nadu include Vestas and Gamesa but newer plants are coming up in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

As Panchabuta had reported last month General Electric (GE) is mulling local manufacturing of wind turbine components that could substantially reduce the cost of equipment for wind energy customers, bring in advanced technology to India as well as create jobs. The firm currently imports complex components such as blades from China; local production would slash cost by 20-30% on certain components – there will be no import duties.

Regen Powertech announced a few days back  that  their second manufacturing facility in Rajasthan with a capacity of 450MW that is scheduled to commence production by January 2012.

Kenersys most recently commenced operations  in their Baramati plant that is set up over an area of 35 acres and a built up area of 5,600 sqm. This would entail a production of hundreds of wind turbines of KENERSYS type K82 2.0MW with 82 m rotor diameter and a total height of 140 meters, and space enough for aggressive expansion plans.

Siemens Ltd, the flagship listed company of Siemens AG in India, announced plans to invest €70 million (Rs 430 crore) in the first phase for the Baroda project, to set up a 250 Mw manufacturing capacity.

According to reports, the French firm would set up a wind power equipment manufacturing facility in India.

However, Alstom Chairman and CEO Mr Patrick Kron, did not divulge the companies it is in talks with for the wind power manufacturing unit and neither the location of the proposed facility.

“We are looking at considering a possibility to build wind power equipment manufacturing unit here,” Mr Kron said adding, “We are already manufacturing 1.6-3 MW onshore wind turbine and we have a manufacturing facility in the US.”

The company may join hands with a partner for setting up this manufacturing facility.

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