Sany wins 153MW Ethiopian contract

ETHIOPIA: Chinese wind turbine maker Sany has won a contract to supply 153MW turbines to the Adama wind farm in Ethiopia.

The project will use Sany 1.5MW turbines
The project will use Sany 1.5MW turbines

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The 102 1.5MW Sany turbines, worth CNY 600 million ($95 million), will be installed in the second phase of the Adama project. A contract was signed between Sany and HydroChina International Engineering, the project developer.

According to Sany Heavy Industry president Xiang Wenbo, it is China's largest single wind turbine export deal.

The Adama wind farm, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project constructed built Chinese government preferential loans, is the largest new energy project in eastern Africa. It is expected to go into construction on 8 June, and enter operation in 2014.

Goldwind had been tipped to win the contract. HydroChina recently completed a 51MW plant at Nazret, Ethiopia, with Goldwind turbines.

Xiang said Sany would start to deliver wind turbines in late June. The project will be an important boost for Sany in the light of its recent issues surrounding a series of project in Oregon, US.

In 2012, US President Barack Obama decided to scrap Sany's purchase of four wind-farm projects on national security concerns on the grounds that they were near a US navy facility.

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