GE Energy gets second order for 12 MW plant in Tamil Nadu

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GE Energy is to supply eight 1.5 MW turbines for a 12 MW wind farm being developed in Radhapuramin in the Kankyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. The blades are coming from LM Glasfiber's production facilities on the outskirts of Bangalore. Due for commissioning in July, the machines will supply power for factories owned by Surana Industries of Chennai, which produces thermo-mechanically treated bar steel and stainless steel products and components. While Kanyakumari is the fastest growing region for wind power development in India, with over 1000 MW of wind capacity already installed, this is Surana's first project. Once in operation, the plant is expected to generate around 36 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. Under the deal, GE Energy will provide operation and maintenance services for five years. The project is the turbine manufacturer's second in India. It supplied 18, 1.5 MW machines for the Nuziveedu Seeds wind development in Karnataka. "India offers very exciting opportunities for the wind industry," says GE Wind's Robert Gleitz. "With an untapped wind power potential estimated at 45,000 megawatts and strong interest in adding renewable energy capacity, the country can be a cornerstone for wind energy development across Asia."

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