Order placed for 1500 MW of blades

An indication of the scale of wind development expected in India over the next three years came last month with news that Vestas alone is intending to turn out at least 1500 MW of its V82 1.65 MW turbine from its factory at Chennai, a former NEG Micon facility. Until recently, Vestas also held a 49% stake in Vestas RRB, which it has just relinquished (Windpower Monthly, October 2006), so in India it trades under the NEG Micon name. LM Glasfiber is to supply blades for the turbines from its facility in Bangalore and a new factory in Dobespet, both in the state of Karnataka. The Dobespet factory, to open in mid-2007, will produce 34 metre (or larger) blades for multi-megawatt wind turbines and will have an annual production capacity of 400 MW. Production of smaller blades will continue at its Bangalore facility, says the company's Nirmal Gupta. In India the company supplies blades to Vestas Wind Systems, GE Energy, Suzlon and NEPC, which has recently sold its wind division to Southern Windfarms. Exports currently account for 20% of LM's business in India annually, prompting the Indian government to nominate it for an export award. The trend is expected to continue, says Gupta.

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