According to reports, Suzlon Energy Limited (SEL) has won a second order from the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. – a ‘Maharatna’ PSU and Fortune 500 company – to set up, operate and maintain wind energy projects of 48.3 MW in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The order comprises of 23 units of Suzlon’s S88 – 2.1 MW wind turbines, and the power generated will be sold to the local power utility.
Indian Oil is India’s flagship national oil company and ranked 98th in the Fortune ‘Global 500’ listing for the year 2010. The energy major has placed strong focus on sustainable energy solutions, with an emphasis on exploring and diversifying into alternative energy sources, including wind.
The Corporation’s first foray into wind – a 21 MW wind project in the Kutch district of Gujarat, and also built by Suzlon – came on line in January 2009. This project earned the distinction of being one of the quickest commissioned among large wind projects in the country. The project has been submitted for registration under the CDM mechanism for carbon credits, to be followed by the Andhra Pradesh project.
Speaking on the order, Mr. Tulsi R. Tanti, founder, Chairman and Managing Director – Suzlon Group, said: “This is Indian Oil’s second project with Suzlon, and we are extremely pleased to build on the trust and confidence placed in us and look forward to a long association. Indian Oil is a key pillar of India’s energy infrastructure and plays a critical role in fueling the country’s economic growth. Indian Oil has set a benchmark for the industries – not only in public sector but also the private sector – with its conscious choice of wind to secure its own energy needs and mitigate global warming.”