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Suzlon wins 48MW wind power deal in France

Indian power giant’s subsidiary REpower Systems to supply turbines to four wind farms in France

A Suzlon wind turbine
The wind turbines from the Suzlon Group will be used to build up four wind farms in France

Indian wind power giant the Suzlon Group has won a 48MW deal to develop a series of wind farms in France. REpower Systems SE, a Suzlon Group-subsidiary, has signed a contract with firm Valorem to supply 24 of its 80m-high 2MW type MM92 wind turbines to four wind farms, located in French Picardie, Pays de la Loire and Burgundy regions. REpower will provide the full maintenance of the wind farms for 10 years.

The news from the Suzlon Group continues the company's work with Valorem in wind power developments. It also follows the Indian firm winning contracts with ABO Wind to supply 26MW of wind turbines to France in June this year.

Jean-Yves Grandidier, Valorem president, said:"We are glad to renew the partnership with REpower. We already have 21 REpower turbines in operation in Western France and a good partnership is established within our companies."

Olivier Perot, managing director, REpower S.A.S, added: "We are pleased Valorem is continuing the business partnership with REpower for these four contracts. This highlights the quality of our service and the reliability of our turbines.

"Moreover, REpower is proud to contribute to the creation of activities and jobs for wind sector in France through our long-term industrial partners such as Francéole," he said.

French wind farms

With a total output of 48MW, the four wind farms will cover the electricity needs of approximately 48,500 people in France and offset 32,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

The Airaine wind farm, located in Picardie, will have a total power output of 12MW and will be inaugurated on 19 September. Meanwhile, work at the Pays de Retz South wind farm, located in Loire Atlantique, has started and commissioning is planned for autumn of this year.

The 12 turbines intended for Venoy Bene and Courgis, located in Burgundy, will be erected at the start of 2014. The two wind farms will be commissioned in spring 2014.

The towers of all 24 turbines will be manufactured at the Francéole facility in the Burgundy region.