Enron more than doubles its installed capacity in India

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Tacke Wind Energy India, a subsidiary of Enron Wind Europe, has won contracts to supply and install up to 24 turbines for turnkey wind projects this year, more than doubling the number of Enron turbines installed in India. It will install two Enron 600a turbines in Maharashtra by the end of this month and three 600a turbines at Muppandal in the state of Tamil Nadu by October, where it has an option to deliver another 11. Components for these machines are built at Salzbergen in Germany. In addition, one Enron 750i machine is going up at Muppandal, also this month, with an option for another seven. Components for these machines are sourced from Enron Wind's Spanish factory. At Muppandal, the buyers are industrial companies and the electricity will be fed into the grid. For import tax reasons, turbines are generally delivered to India in parts rather than as completed units. The components for the Muppandal projects are being stacked in a warehouse at Chennai, says Enron Wind Europe's Andrea Hein. Enron already has a number of turbines turning in India. Six 600 kW and four 250 kW machines were installed by the former Tacke Windtechnik, before it was acquired by Enron in 1997. And seven Enron 600a machines were installed at Muppandal over the past 12 months. Tacke Wind Energy India is based in Mumbai, the location of Enron Corp's main Indian division. At the end of March 2001, Tacke India signed a contract with the Indian government which allows it to install turnkey wind stations in the country and which authorises technology transfer from abroad, after a previous agreement expired.

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