Samana set to become Gujarat’s wind power hub

July 10th, 2008 - 9:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, July 10 (IANS) A Chinese firm and the Tata group are investing Rs.8.15 billion ($189.5 million) to generate together over 150 megawatt of wind power in Gujarat’s Rajkot district. The two power projects are to be set up in Samana, in the Rajkot district, making it a major centre for wind-generated power.

CLP, through its India subsidiary CLP India, is investing close to Rs.5 billion for installing 126 wind turbines in Samana that will generate 100.8 megawatt of power.

Tata Power has installed wind turbines in the same area for generating 50 megawatt of power at a cost of Rs.3.15 billion.

Both projects are expected to become operational by early next year, according to officials at the Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA).

The state government, which is banking heavily on wind power, has identified Samana as an ideal location for installing 450 turbines that can generate a total of 360 megawatt.

To encourage investment in wind energy developments in the state, the government has introduced a raft of incentives including a higher wind energy tariff.

Sources confirmed that both CLP and Tata Power projects would be located in Samana, which is a large area and could accommodate more than one project.

Samana has a high-tension transmission grid and electricity generated by wind turbines can be fed into it. For this purpose, a substation at Sadodar has been installed, the GEDA officials said.

Enercon India Ltd, an Indian-German joint venture for setting up wind power generation facilities, will execute both projects.

CLP and Tata Power are also setting up wind power projects in Karnataka. While the the Chinese company will have its project at Saundatti, the Tata Power project will come up at Gadag, about 80 kilometres from Hubli.

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