Europe-based wind turbine manufacturer Senvion has secured it first major order in India under the country’s budding reverse-auction program.
Senvion recently reported that it secured an order to develop a 300 megawatt wind energy project in Gujarat. The project development contract is probably Senvion’s first order of this scale in India. As per the contract, Senvion will supply and install 131 Senvion 2.3M120 turbines at 120m height in the state of Gujarat for Alfanar.
The contract also includes full EPC services, including civil and electrical works for the project. Senvion shall also be responsible for operations and maintenance of the project for a period of 10 years. The project is expected to be commissioned in 18 months.
Alfanar secured this project at Rs 2.45/kWh (3.63¢/kWh) in the third federal wind energy auction in India held earlier this year. The auction was held by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and was the largest wind energy auction ever held in India. Alfanar was among the seven other project developers which secured significant capacities.
Another successful bidder from this auction was Green Infra Wind, backed by Sembcorp, which also secured 300 megawatts of capacity. Green Infra recently placed an order with Siemens Gamesa. That order, too, was the largest for Siemens Gamesa to date in India.
ReNew Power Ventures secured 400 megawatts of capacity in this auction at the lowest-ever wind energy tariff in India to date. There are currently no updates regarding which EPC contractor ReNew has chosen to implement the project.
Senvion had an interesting journey to its entry into India in 2016. Formally known as REpower, the company was acquired by Suzlon Energy in 2008. Suzlon Energy sold the company to US-based equity fund Centerbridge Partners for €1 billion.
Senvion entered India in 2016 following the acquisition of an Indian company, Kenersys India, which had a turbine manufacturing facility in the state of Maharashtra and some generation assets as well. Senvion is now competing with its former parent Suzlon Energy in the Indian market.
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