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Published on October 1st, 2015 | by Smiti


Gamesa Wins Order For First Wind Project In Kuwait

October 1st, 2015 by  

Gamesa has secured an order to set up the first wind energy project in Kuwait. The order is also Gamesa’s first wind energy order in the Middle East.

Gamesa will supply 5 units of G97 turbines with 2 MW capacity each for the Shagaya Renewable Energy Park. The wind energy project is being developed by through a joint venture between Elecnor and local EPC contractor Alghanim, and is scheduled to be commissioned next year.

The Shagaya Renewable Energy Park is located 100 km north of Kuwait City and will have a cumulative capacity of 70 MW from a wind power project, solar photovoltaic power plant, and a concentrated solar thermal power plant. Spain’s TSK Group recently secured an order to develop 50 MW solar PV capacity at this renewable energy park. The park will eventually have an installed capacity of over 2 GW by 2030 and help Kuwait meet its target to source 15% of of total energy from renewable energy sources.

Gamesa also landed an order each in Cyprus and Turkey. In Turkey, the company will supply wind turbines with a total capacity of 52.5 MW. It secured a contract to supply, install, and commission 40 MW capacity at 3 wind farms at Akyurt, Konakpinari, and Karaçayir. The company will supply 20 units of G114 turbine, each with 2 MW capacity. The turbines will be equipped with Gamesa’s MaxPower technology, which ‘increases their nominal capacity from 2.0 MW to 2.1 MW, boosting these turbines’ output to 42 MW.’

Five units of G114-2.5 MW turbine will be supplied to Datça wind farm. The order marks the introduction of the G114-2.5 MW model in Turkey. Both the orders are expected to be completed by the third quarter of next year.

Earlier this year, Turkey auctioned 3 GW of wind energy capacity after the government received applications from prospective developers to set up over 42 GW of wind energy capacity, nearly 14 times the available limit.

Turkey has set a goal of setting up 20 GW wind energy capacity by 2023. It has also set a target to procure 30% of all its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2023. The Turkish government is also looking to promoting other renewable energy technologies with a target to set up 34 GW hydro power, 5 GW solar power, 1 GW geothermal power, and 1 GW biomass-based power capacity by 2023.

In Cyrus, the company will supply 5 units of G114-2.0 MW turbine for the Sanida Kelaki wind farm. The turbines would be delivered by early next year.



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