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Suzlon and Siemens ink big deals for US market

India's Suzlon and Germany's Siemens both inked substantial wind turbine deals last month for the American market. In its largest order yet for the US, Siemens is supplying 141 turbines to Portland General Electric (PGE) for its Biglow Canyon Wind Farm in Sherman County, Oregon. PGE is building the 450 MW project in three phases. The first 175 MW phase of 76 turbines was operational in December. PGE expects phase two, 65 turbines, to be installed in 2009 and the remaining 76 turbines in phase three to go up in 2010. Siemens is installing and commissioning all the 2.3 MW turbines, which come with a five-year warranty, including service and maintenance by Siemens. PGE expects total project costs for phases two and three of the Biglow Canyon project to remain within the $700 million to $800 million range. For its part, Suzlon secured a follow-on order with Horizon Wind Energy, a subsidiary of Portuguese utility Energias de Portugal, which adds 200 MW to an original contract for delivery of 400 MW in 2008 and 2009. Suzlon will deliver its 2.1 MW unit to various ready-to-build sites across the country. Suzlon is also contracted for operations, maintenance and service of the wind turbines for two years, with an option for five.

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