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Dongfang clears India export hurdle with 1.5MW quality mark

According to reports, China’s Dongfang Electric has received international quality certification for its 1.5MW direct-drive wind turbine, removing a major barrier to exports of the machine – most immediately to India.

China’s number-three manufacturer is one of the country’s first to get a Type certificate based on international guidelines set by technical standards body Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for design, testing and manufacturing.

Meeting the guidelines is widely recognised by financiers and wind farm operators as a guarantee of turbine quality.

For Dongfang Electric, the certificate – issued by German testing agency TUV Sud – is crucial to completing its entry into the Indian market.

The firm last year signed a $203m contract with Indian developer KSK Energy Ventures to supply 166 of its 1.5MW turbines.

However, it has not delivered any yet because of the country’s requirements that turbines are tested and certified by India’s Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET) or another international testing institute.

The company will still need to fulfill a second condition of local manufacturing before it can ship any turbines.

Chen Gang, vice general manager at Dongfang Electric’s New Energy equipment business unit, says the company is currently investigating options for manufacturing in India. “We have been talking with local suppliers about acquisitions or leasing facilities.”

Dongfang Electric, a major producer of power equipment for global markets, already has a wholly-owned company in India, which may help it to set up wind turbine manufacturing in the country.

The company is also exploring options to make turbines in South Africa and South America, says Chen.

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