Gamesa bags order from GAIL
Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt Ltd bagged an order from GAIL India for supplying 24.7 MW of wind power turbines to the project in Palani, Tamil Nadu. The project is expected to be commissioned by March 2012. Gamesa has received an order for 29 units of G58-850 KW (24.7 MW) machines for the project. This is the first PSU order for Gamesa which is aggressively working towards expanding its operations in the Indian wind energy market. Ramesh Kymal, chairman & MD, Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are glad to partner with GAIL India and look forward to play a relevant role in decreasing India’s energy deficit. Gamesa brings a vast experience in wind energy technology and we are keen on continuing this partnership for responsible and sustainable business to help achieve GAIL’s organizational goals.”
The order follows GAIL India’s decision to foray into commercial generation of wind energy. GAIL India plans to set up 100 megawatt (mw) of wind energy generator (WEG) spread over Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in the present financial year. As per the proposal discussed by Gail board, four modules of 25MW each will be installed in two southern states.
Gamesa had launched its operations in India in February 2010 with setting up of an Indian subsidiary, Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt. Ltd. The Indian venture of Gamesa has notched up an impressive turnover of about Rs. 1000-cr in its first year in India and has exciting plans for the coming years.
India now accounts for 20% of the MW Gamesa sales. Gamesa has had a manufacturing presence in the Indian wind energy market since early 2010, when its first Indian factory began operating — a nacelle assembly facility currently equipped for capacity of 500 MW. In the last weeks, Gamesa has made further progress on its growth strategy in India by opening its new blades factory in the country to produce these components for turbine systems G5X-850 kW and G9X-2.0 MW. The newly operating plant is part of a 60-million-euro investment Gamesa announced in March 2011 to strengthen the company’s manufacturing base in India in order to tap rising demand in the country’s wind energy market.
As part of its strategy to underpin its expansion in India with a manufacturing and technological base, Gamesa in 2011 inaugurated its first technology centre in the suburb of Sholinganallur outside Chennai.
In the third quarter of 2011, India accounted for 20% of the MW sold by Gamesa worldwide, after the company’s sales in the country increased by 2.8 times from the same period a year earlier. Gamesa ventured into India only two years ago and has already garnered a 10-percent share of the market, according to the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association, making it the country’s No. 3 wind energy manufacturing company.
Gamesa also operates as a wind farm developer in India, where it has a portfolio of wind farms exceeding 2,100 MW of combined capacity at varying stages of development.