Wind Power

GE Drivetrain & A-Power Sign Deals for 900 Gearboxes and Wind Turbine Assembly Plant

GE Drivetrain Technologies and A-Power Energy Generation Systems announced that they have signed two Letters of Intent (LOI). The first LOI is for GE Drivetrain Technologies to supply A-Power with wind turbine gearboxes and the second is to establish a joint venture partnership for a wind turbine gearbox assembly plant.

Under the supply agreement, GE Drivetrain Technologies will supply A-Power with more than 900 gearboxes for 2.7-megawatt wind turbines beginning in 2010. The companies’ joint venture agreement creates a wind turbine gearbox assembly business that will be majority owned by GE Drivetrain Technologies and operate under the name GE Transportation.

The new assembly plant will bring multi-megawatt gearbox capacity to China and serve as GE Drivetrain Technologies’ Southeast Asia manufacturing center from which it will start to serve its customers in the region beginning in mid-2010.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to serve A-Power,” said Prescott Logan, business leader of GE Drivetrain Technologies. “The speed and focus that A-Power has brought to building its wind turbine business, combined with the highly reliable design of its Fuhrländer 2.7 MW turbine, position A-Power well for long-term success in China and the broader global market.”