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GSFC aims at 120 mw wind power

EM NEWS BUREAU ,  Thursday, May 12, 2011, 11:52 Hrs  [IST]

Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd, a state government undertaking, has targeted to have a total operational wind power capacity of over 120 mw this year.

GSFC has recently placed on order on Suzlon Group for setting up 50.4 mw of capacity in Rajkot and Surendranagar districts. Suzlon will be supplying 24 units of Suzlon's S88 2.1-mw rated turbines. Speaking to Electrical Monitor, a senior project official at GSFC said that these wind farms will represented the fifth phase of GSFC's wind power development programme.

In the first four phases, GSFC set up 73 mw of capacity spread over the Kutch and Porbandar districts of Gujarat. Suzlon has supplied turbines to all the wind power projects of GSFC so far, the official said. The fifth phase, scheduled to complete by September this year, will take GSFC's total operational capacity to 123.4 mw, the official noted.

GSFC completed its first wind power project-a 10-mw farm at the Bada and Panchetiya villages in Kutch district-in March 2008. This project has been registered under the UN Clean Development Mechanism, and is earning carbon credits.

Gujarat has gross wind power potential of 9,675 mw out of which 2,100 mw has been harnessed so far. Suzlon, incidentally, is involved in 1,200 mw of Gujarat's operational wind power capacity, both as a developer (owner) and supplier of turbines. As developer, Suzlon is constructing a mega 1,500-mw wind power park in Kutch district, out of which 800 mw has been commissioned till date.
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