Gamesa in 230MW India deals

Spanish wind group Gamesa has booked 230MW of turbine orders in India after sealing two supply deals.

Gamesa will deliver 130MW to a project owned by China Light & Power India (CLPI) and 100MW to developer Greenko.

Gamesa says the Greenko deal may be extended to encompass an additional 200MW. The initial order is for 50 G97-2.0 MW turbines to be installed across two 50MW wind farms in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Installation of the turbines is due to be complete by the end of this year, and the order includes a five-year operations and maintenance agreement.

The CLPI order relates to installation of the same turbine model to the 130MW Jath wind farm in the state of Maharashtra. It includes a 10-year O&M contract.

Installation of the first 50 turbines is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2013, with the rest scheduled for the end of the year. The project is expected to be commissioned in Q3 2014.

The business is a boost for Gamesa in India, following a lacklustre 2012 that saw it slip to sixth place in the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers’ Association (IWTMA) rankings with installations of 100MW. It had been ranked as high as third.

Greenko – one of India’s most ambitious wind players – in late 2011 signed a 200-turbine framework agreement with US giant GE.

Gamesa said the deals mark a “milestone” in its order book from the independent power producer (IPP) sector in India – widely seen as the key future driving force behind the country’s wind capacity growth.