Thai order for GE's tallest turbines outside of Europe

THAILAND: GE Renewable Energy will provide 90 turbines to be installed across three 90MW clusters in central Theparak district.

GE, KPN Energy and Wind Energy Holdings representatives after signing the 90-turbine contract for the Theparak wind farm

The 3.0-137 models with 156.5-metre hybrid towers will be the tallest turbines the manufacturer has installed outside of Europe, GE stated, with an expected tip height of roughly 230-metres. 

Wind Energy Holding’s 270MW Theparak wind farm will be built in three 90MW phases, and is scheduled to begin commercial operations next year.

The order is GE’s largest renewable energy order in Thailand, the company stated.

GE's onshore CEO Pete McCabe, said: "Our 3.0-137 wind turbine with its 156.5-metre tower is ideal for the very specific wind conditions in central Thailand and has the potential to contribute to reaching grid parity for onshore wind in the country."

Theparak is owned by Thai corporation KPN Group's subsidiary Wind Energy Holding. The project's total capacity of 270MW is slightly less than the 293MW of capacity installed across the whole of Thailand as of 1 December, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

The south-east Asian country has approximately 756MW of other projects currently in development and a renewable energy target of 40% by 2036.