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Suzlon subsidiary & Enertrag in 54MW deal for low wind in France

Subsidiary of turbine manufacturer Senvion works with German firm Enertrag to build turbines for four wind farms across low-wind sites in France

Wind farm in France
Suzlon subsidiary Senvion will install its turbines across four wind farms in France

Subsidiary of Indian turbine manufacturer Suzlon, Senvion, is working with German firm ENERTRAG to build four wind farms in France totalling 54MW. Senvion SE, a wholly owned turbine manufacturer subsidiary of India’s Suzlon, has signed the four contracts to build turbines across low-wind sites in France with ENERTRAG, a European renewable energy supplier based in Germany. Senvion will provide the full maintenance of the wind farms for 15 years.

Senvion will supply and install 27 2MW turbines for ENERTRAG, across the wind farms in France. This includes 18 Senvion MM100 turbines, each with a rated power of 2MW, a 100m hub height and a rotor diameter of 100m. The turbines will be installed at three wind farms in Chaourse, Anguilcourt and La Ville-aux–Bois-lès-Dizy, in the Picardy region.

Senvion said they will be the first MM100 turbines installed in France. With a swept rotor area of 7,854 m2, The turbine manufacturer said the MM100 enables the capture of more wind energy and is perfectly suited to the wind conditions of low wind sites in France.

Olivier Perot, Senvion France S.A.S. managing director, said: “We are proud of this first contract with ENERTRAG in France. The confidence granted by ENERTRAG to us shows the relevance of the MM100, a turbine perfectly adapted to French market and the reliability of the solutions provided by Senvion.”

The installation of the Chaourse wind farm is planned for the end of 2014. After completion, the three wind farms will have 36MW of rated power output. They will provide electricity to approximately 36,000 people and save 24,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year.

Nine Senvion MM92 wind turbines, each with a rated power of 2.05MW will also be installed at the Renneville wind farm, in Champagne-Ardenne. The wind farm is currently under construction and commissioning is planned for June 2014.

The wind turbines have a hub height of 100m and a 92.5m rotor diameter. With a total rated output of 18.45MW, the wind farm will cover the electricity needs of approximately 18,500 people and save 12,300 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Thierry Vergnaud, the general director of ENERTRAG France, said: “After eight years of project development, we are very enthusiastic about the construction of these four wind farms. The 27 turbines from Senvion are technically proven and well-adapted for this part of France.”

The news from Suzlon follows other deals the Indian turbine manufacturer has won to build wind power in France over the 12 months. This includes Senvion, previously named REpower, signing contracts to build wind farms totalling 48MW across France last September.