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New Players in Wind Turbine manufacturing

Shriram Leitwit, a joint-venture between Leitwit of Netherlands (51%) and Shriram EPC (49%) is to manufacture wind turbine in its Gummudipoondi plant in TN. Currently it manufactures 1.35 MW turbine and plans to upgrade it to 1.5 MW. The plant is to produce 120 turbines in first year and subsequently increase it to 250 turbines in the next year. Key components of the turbine like bearing, permanent magnets will be imported while casting and forging components will be locally procured. Shriram Lewitt plans to export around 50% of its production.


Regen Power, another company with technical collaboration with Vensys, Germany is to manufacture 1.5 MW turbine (without gears) in Tada in AP. It will manufacture nacelles, blades, hubs, generators and electronic power systems. The plant which is coming up at an investment of Rs. 2800 million will become fully operational by 2010. The company majority stake is with Nuziveedu Seeds.

WinWind earlier a Finland company, now a Sterling group now after its acquisition of 90% stake is setting up a plant in Vengal in Thiruvallur near Chennai. The company will manufacture 1 MW turbines initially and later upto 3 MW. It plans to produce 300 nos. a year and a small portion of it is likely to be exported. The plant will go operational by April 2009.

Some of these players have acquired land banks in non-prime area (Since prime area have already been taken up) and may assist client to set up turnkey projects from obtaining clearance, operation & maintenance. Most of the new players will go for low-speed turbine design to facilitate wind power generation from low wind speeds of less 8 mps.



Ghodawat Industries to set up turbine manufacturing facility near Kolhapur

Sanjay Ghodawat group of companies which has got varied interest from wind power to FMCG is planning to invest Rs. 1000 million to set up a turbine manufacturing facility in Kolhapur. The technology and licensing for Windtec WT1650 turbines will be acquired from American Superconductor Corporation. Land for the plant had been acquired. The company has already has wind power installation of around 100 MW in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Karnataka. Apart from catering to domestic market, the company will also sell turbines to West Asia, South Asia and African markets. The plant will become operational by mid 2009.


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