Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has achieved another milestone in its Chinese sales strategy, signing a contract with CGN Wind Energy, a subsidiary of China’s General Nuclear Power Group, for the supply of 100 MW to a wind farm being developed in the Asian giant.
The scope of the agreement encompasses the supply and installation of 50 G97-2.0 MW wind turbines, specifically configured for high-altitude locations, at the Yangchajie wind complex located in the province of Yunnan, in southeast China. Fulfilment of this order is slated for the last quarter of 2014.
In addition, Gamesa and CGN have agreed the potential supply another 100 MW during a second phase of this project in the course of 2015.
“This agreement marks a very important step in Gamesa’s sales and product strategy in China, where we recently announced another two contracts, one for Fujian for 48 MW and one for CGN for 49.3 MW. The Chinese wind market offers spectacular growth prospects”, according to José Antonio Miranda, Gamesa’s CEO in China.
Gamesa’s technological prowess and its know-how in respect of the entire wind power value chain enable it to tailor its turbines to customer demands and the idiosyncrasies of each market. In this case, the turbines to be installed at the Yangchajie wind farm are configured to withstand the low temperatures and low air density conditions typically encountered in the province of Yunnan, which is 2,000 metres above sea level.
In China, as well as turbines tailored for high altitude, low temperature and low air density sites (the G97-2.0 MW class II), the company develops WTGs specifically adapted for the strong coastal winds typical of Fujian (the G90-2.0 MW class I) and for low and medium speed wind sites (the G97-2.0 MW class III).
The G97-2.0 MW turbines’ low power density helps our customers reduce their cost of energy. These turbines are part of the Gamesa 2.0-2.5 MW platform, over 16,000 MW of which have been installed worldwide; average fleet availability is running at over 98%.
Gamesa is present in China in its capacity as OEM and wind farm developer, a competitive advantage it exploits by means of joint ventures with the country’s leading energy companies. Its presence in China, where it has installed 3,500 MW and currently services more than 850 MW, dates back to 2000.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.