Suzlon wins GAIL order for 23 MW wind generation projects

Wind power major Suzlon Energy Limited has received an order from state-run gas utility GAIL to build and commission 23 MW wind power capacity in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by the end of 2011-12.

The order for 11 units of Suzlon's S88 – 2.1 MW wind turbines is GAIL's fourth order with Suzlon, with the first two projects located in Gujarat. The first 4.5 MW project, comprising Suzlon's S82 – 1.5MW turbines, was commissioned in March 2010, and the second 14.7 MW project is currently under execution.

A part of these projects will meet GAIL's captive power requirements, while the remainder will be sold to respective local power distribution utilities. The sale of the power generated to the local power distribution utilities will be under long-term purchase power agreement (PPA) at the fixed preferential feed-in tariff.

''We are very pleased to announce our fourth order from GAIL, a 'Navaratna' PSU that has led the way with its approach to climate change mitigation and renewable energy,'' Tulsi R Tanti, founder, chairman and managing director of Suzlon Group, said.

''This order underscores our position as a partner-of-choice for large wind investors in India. With the strength of our future development pipeline, our customised end-to-end offerings and our long term service capabilities, we are the best positioned to take advantage of the rapid growth of the Indian wind market. As we look ahead, we are very confident that we will maintain our leadership position in what is one of the most vibrant wind energy markets in the world today,'' he added.

With the commissioning of the additional capacity, GAIL's total wind power capacity with Suzlon will exceed 67 MW.

Suzlon Energy Limited is the world's fifth largest and Asia's top wind turbine supplier.