Suzlon Energy (Tianjin) Limited (SETL), the Chinese subsidiary of Indian wind turbine maker Suzlon, has officially opened its $60 million wind turbine manufacturing plant in north China's Tianjin. The 250,000 square metre facility will manufacture complete turbines, including all major components such as rotor blades, generators, nacelles and control panels, with an annual capacity of 600 MW for all components. As well as a technology and design centre, the facility includes a learning and development centre for staff training, says the company's Andre Horbach. The facility will help SETL achieve 70% local content in its China delivery. "New products, tailor-made for the Chinese market, will be introduced in 2007 and be completely manufactured in the new plant, adds SETL's Paulo Fernando Soares. To date, Suzlon has signed five contracts in China totalling 233.75 MW of capacity, 12 MW of which is installed.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol