XEMC signs turbine deal with the Maldives

MALDIVES: Chinese turbine manufacturer XEMC has signed a 50MW deal with Maldives State Electric Company (STELCO).

The Maldives issued a tender in November last year to build a wind project near the islands’ capital of Male. It hopes to become the world’s first carbon-neutral state by 2020.

As much of Male island is built up, the project will be on the neighbouring island of Hulhumale (see map below).

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In the tender document, STELCO said it intended to purchase 20MW "from renewable sources".

In recent years, the Maldives has made a number of moves to introduce wind power to the islands. In November 2009, Suzlon signed a memorandum of understanding with the Maldives to build a 25MW project. However, a contract was never signed.

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