GMDC to enhance wind power capacity to 150 MW

The Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd is in the process of enhancing its wind power installed capacity. The state government undertaking has awarded an EPC contract worth Rs 305.32 crore to Suzlon Group for development of a 50-MW wind farm at Bhanwad in Jamnagar district.
At present, GMDC’s wind power installed capacity stands at 100.50 MW. The wind turbines are installed at five locations in the state-Malliya, Jodiya, Gorsar, Bada and Varvala. Of the total wind power installed capacity, wind turbines for over 60 MW have been supplied by Suzlon.
With the addition of 50 MW, the company’s total wind power installed capacity would go up to 150.50 MW.
The EPC contract for the 50 MW project comprises 24 units of Suzlon’s S95-2.1 MW wind turbines, part of 9X suite and featuring DFIG technology. The wind farm would occupy a total area of 50 hectares.
“GMDC had floated a tender for the project and while awarding, we took in to consideration the cost per unit rather than the cost per MW, which is the convention,” D. Chattopadhyay, General Manager (Power), Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd, told Project-monitor.
“The project will have a plant load factor of 27 per cent. We expect it to be commissioned by November. The entire power generated will be purchased by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd,” he added.
At present, the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission tariff for procurement of power generated from wind energy stands at Rs 3.56 per unit. A revision is expected in the month of August.
Suzlon Group was ranked as the world’s fifth largest wind turbine supplier in terms of cumulative installed capacity at the end of 2011. In India, it is the largest wind turbine manufacturer.
In addition to wind farms, Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation has commissioned a 5-MW solar power plant at the reclaimed mined out land of Panandhro lignite project in Kutch. Commercial generation commenced during the last financial year. On an average, the plant generates 25,000 units of electricity every day.
Source: Power Engineering


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