Suzlon's new S111 turbine wins 101MW turnkey order

INDIA: Suzlon will build a 100.8MW wind project for independent power producer Orange Renewable in Andhra Pradesh, south-east India.

Suzlon's longest yet — the 54.8-metre blade for the S111 turbine

The turnkey order calls for 48 of Suzlon's new S111 2.1MW turbine, which features 54.8-metre blades, the longest yet produced by the Indian manufacturer.

Suzlon will also provide operations and maintenance services for an initial period of 12 years. The project is scheduled for commissioning in 2016-17.

This is Suzlon's second order from Orange, following the 40MW Bhesad project in Rajasthan, which went online in 2013.

Earlier this year, developer and power producer Orange chose Gamesa's G97-2MW turbine for four separate wind projects in India, totalling 300MW.

Suzlon lost first place to Gamesa as top turbine maker in India in 2014, as some of the country's developers turned to manufacturers to supply the products alone rather than seek turnkey solutions for the entire project.

The Suzlon S111, which went to prototype in February this year, was included in Suzlon's sale of its German subsidiary Senvion to private equity firm Centrebridge Partners. Suzlon said the license would be given to Centrebridge to market the turbine solely in the US market.