Siemens Gamesa wins Thai turbine order

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Siemens Gamesa wins Thai turbine order

Siemens Gamesa has won a supply order for 260 MW of wind capacity in Thailand, the company announced this week.

Under the terms of the contract, Siemens Gamesa will supply 103 of its 2.5 MW wind turbines for the Hanuman wind complex, which is currently under construction in Chaiyaphum province in northeastern Thailand.

The turbines are planned to be delivered in May 2018 and commissioned towards the end of the year. Siemens Gamesa said it will also operate and maintain the windfarm.

According to the company, the order represents its largest to date in Thailand and the turbines’ tip height, at 215 metres, will be the highest in Asia.

The turbines also feature a tower height of 153 metres and a blade length of 62 metres.

Siemens Gamesa has an installed wind power base of 310 MW in Thailand, where its turbines represent around 50 per cent of the total installed capacity.

According to Thai media reports earlier this year, the Hanuman scheme had been delayed after a February Supreme Court ruling that wind projects’ use of so-called Sor Por Kor land, which is designated for agriculture, was illegal. The ruling affected 19 existing windfarms as well as a number under development.

However, in April the scheme’s developer, Bangkok-based Energy Absolute, said it would move forward with the Hanuman project after the Supreme Court review concluded that it, along with 16 other projects, did not violate the land use clause.

Thailand aims to get 40 per cent of its power from renewables by 2036 and is aiming to bring its total installed renewable capacity to 40 GW by that date.


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