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Indian wind group to supply turbines totalling 26MW to France

Suzlon Group subsidiary wins contracts to supply and maintain turbines for wind farms in central French region Burgundy

The Suzlon Group says its turbine product range is perfectly adaptable to wind conditions in France

An Indian wind power group is to supply wind turbines totalling more than 26MW to France. Suzlon Group-subsidiary, REpower Systems, has concluded two contracts with ABO Wind for the supply of 13 wind turbines to the country.

The turbines of MM92 type will be installed for two wind farms in Burgundy. The wind farms will generate a total output of more than 26MW.

Olivier Perot, REpower S.A.S. managing director, said: "We are delighted ABO Wind is continuing mutual business. These wind farms strengthen our position in Burgundy region which is very dynamic in wind energy. Moreover, our large product range is perfectly adapted to different wind conditions over French territories."

The MM92 wind turbines with a hub height of 80m and a rated power of 2.05MW will be utilised for a series of wind farms. Clamecy wind farm, with six wind turbines MM92 type, is located in la Nièvre département. Seven turbines MM92 type are also destined for the wind farms of Migé and Escamps, located in Yonne departement.

The first wind turbines will be delivered in the fall of 2013 and commissioning is planned for winter 2013/14. REpower will also provide the full maintenance of the wind farms for 15 years.

“Both wind farms in Burgundy are consequently realizing the idea of citizen participation”, said Patrick Bessière, manager of ABO Wind SARL in Toulouse.

The news from Suzlon follows other developments in renewable energy between France and India in 2013. In January this year, PR Fonroche, a French and Indian joint venture, announced a project to develop a solar power plant in the BRIC country.