Sembcorp commissions its 250 MW wind farm in Tamil Nadu, the first wind power project, under first reverse auctions in India.
Sembcorp Energy India (SEIL), the Indian energy wing of Singapore based Sembcorp Industries on Friday announced the commissioning of its 250 MW wind project in Tamil Nadu. Sembcorp Green Infra, an arm of SEIL, won the project in the first round of wind energy auctions conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI in April, 2017.
This is the first wind power project, under the first reverse wind auctions in India, with the entire capacity completed ahead of the SECI timelines. Suzlon is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) partner for the project. The wind project located at Chandragiri in Tamil Nadu consists of 119 units of Suzlon’s 2.1 MW S111-120m Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs).
J P Chalasani, Group CEO, Suzlon Group, said, “We partnered with Sembcorp from the pre-bid stage and delivered the full capacity ahead of the SECI timelines despite the challenges, uncertainties and initial teething issues of the new bidding regime for wind.”
Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh at the 2nd Global RE-INVEST summit at Greater Noida last week, dedicated the wind power project to the nation.
Power generated from the project will be supplied to the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, under a long-term power purchase agreement between SEIL and Power Trading Corporation. According to the company, it is estimated that the wind farm will light up more than 216,000 homes and reduce CO2 emissions by over 700,000 tonnes per annum.
Vipul Tuli, Managing Director, Sembcorp Energy India Limited, said, “The successful completion of the Chandragiri wind power project is an important milestone in Sembcorp’s journey towards providing energy to support India’s continued development and prosperity. It is a moment of pride for us to be able to deliver the entire project ahead of the SECI timelines. This project adds to Sembcorp’s growing renewable energy portfolio worldwide, and strengthens our collective track record in clean energy. Not only is this a happy day for Sembcorp, but also for the Indian energy sector. This project reflects the tremendous advances that India’s wind industry has made in ensuring cost effective energy security for India, through new technology, executing massive projects on time, indigenisation, and with greater transparency.”