China’s Envision Energy has announced that it has, the world’s fifth largest turbine manufacturer, recently commissioned two projects totalling 232.5 MW of wind energy in Saurashtra region of Gujarat.
The wind energy projects entailed a 197.5-MW wind power project for Actis-backed Sprng Energy and a 35-MW project for ReNew Power, and were awarded under Tranche 1 of GUVNL’s wind auctions. The projects were built on a turnkey basis using state-of-the-art 2.5-MW turbines with 131m rotor diameter and 120m hub height, one of the largest in the country.
The project scope included site identification, land acquisition, design, manufacture, erection and commissioning of wind turbines as well as building the entire power evacuation infrastructure. Both the projects will be operated and maintained by Envision for a 25-year lifespan.
This is the first time that a Chinese wind turbine company has built a large scale wind power project in India.
“We take pride in stating that these projects were completed using the highest standards of quality, safety and environment sensitivity. The turbines have taken by far the least amount of time to achieve full load generation and are now operating at industry’s best levels of up time and efficiency”, says RPV Prasad, Head – Projects & Service for Envision Energy India.
“Envision invested $25 million to set up a manufacturing (assembly) plant at Chakan, Pune. Nacelles and Hubs are assembled at this state-of-the-art facility with a capacity of producing 20 sets per month, with a flexibility to double the production at short notice. Manufacturing of steel tubular towers and rotor blades in the country is scheduled to commence shortly, achieving complete indigenization of major components”, quotes Milind Kulkarni, Dy. MD. Envision Energy India.
Inder Bhambra, Head Development & Sales – India for Envision Energy quotes “Envision plans to introduce shortly state-of-the-art 3 MW class turbines with rotor diameters larger than 140m and hub heights up to 140 m, suiting the Indian wind and site conditions. We plan to grow our annual sales to 1000 MW within 3 to 4 years and will shortly introduce storage solutions as well as advanced analytical solutions based on our IoT based Operating Solutions platform, EnOS”.
Kane Xu, Envision Energy’s Global VP & MD India, says “Since 2007, we have been focusing on a new world of sustainable energy and become one of the largest wind turbine technology company in the world. From next-generation smart wind turbines manufacturing to integrated management systems, our offerings span wind, storage and beyond. It’s a proud moment for us to have made a successful beginning in India and we are grateful to Sprng Energy and Renew Power to have given us the opportunity”.
We were very excited to partner with Envision for building our first wind power project in the country at the lowest tariff of INR 2.43/kWh and having a state-of-the-art wind turbine in our portfolio. Envision has done a good job in completing the project through challenging situations. We look forward to taking our relationship further from here.” quotes Gaurav Sood, CEO - Sprng Energy.
Balram Mehta, President – Wind & Asset Management, ReNew Power says “This was our first order to Envision for wind turbines. We made the beginning with a 35 MW order and are happy with the way the company has delivered and commissioned the turbines for ReNew Power. We wish Envision the very best for its future endeavours in India.
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