Mumbai, India [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The CLP Group recently announced it will develop a 100.8 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Gujarat, India. The Samana project will be the largest wind project undertaken to date by CLP and increases the company’s renewable energy portfolio by almost one third to approximately 4.4% of its total generating capacity.
CLP India, the group’s subsidiary in India, entered an agreement with major Indian wind turbine manufacturer Enercon Limited to develop the greenfield project in India’s north-western state of Gujarat.
Construction of the new wind project, which will cost more than US$125 million, will commence in November 2007 and it is expected to be completed in two phases—50.4 MW by June 2008 and the other 50.4 MW by January 2009. The wind farm will involve the building of more than 126 wind turbines of 800KW capacity each.
CLP’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Brandler, said: “The Samana project reinforces CLP’s commitment to growing our position as a leading Indian power producer through CLP India. It will also make an important contribution to the group’s renewable energy portfolio, which is growing both geographically and in terms of its contribution to our generating capacity.”
The new wind project in Gujarat is the second of what is anticipated to be a growing portfolio of wind energy projects for CLP India in this large emerging market. The new wind farm development has been encouraged by the positive wind power policy implemented by the state of Gujarat. As part of this new policy the government of Gujarat has introduced incentives, including a higher wind energy tariff, to accelerate investment in its wind resources.
Last year, CLP, through its Roaring 40s joint venture with Australia’s Hydro Tasmania, entered a separate agreement with Enercon India to develop a 50.4 MW wind farm project at Khandke in the state of Maharashtra. That wind project is expected to be commissioned by the end of this year.