Wind energy technology company Gamesa says it has secured a contract for the installation of 33 wind turbines with 153-meter towers – 18 units of the G114-2.0 MW model and 15 of the G114-2.1 MW – for the Sarahnlom wind farm in central Thailand.
According to the company, these turbines are the tallest installed by Gamesa to date and, further, are the tallest turbines in Asia, specifically in Thailand.
The project is owned by the company Gunkul Engineering PCL and is being built by the developer PowerChina ZhongNan in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima.
Gamesa notes that the 33 turbines have a total capacity of 67.5 MW, and factoring in their 56-meter blades, the turbines will reach a total height from ground to blade tip of around 210 meters.
“In designing such tall towers, which are almost 30 meters taller than is usual for this model, and at a competitive cost, Gamesa’s [research and development] team has achieved a major technological feat,” said Juan Diego Diaz, marketing director. “On the one hand, we reduce the cost of energy of the complex by boosting total energy output, as the turbines will reach heights at which the wind blows harder. On the other hand, we are demonstrating, once again, our ability to respond to what the market needs, thanks to the versatility of our turbines.”
Gamesa says the turbines will be supplied during the first quarter of 2017 and commissioned the following quarter. In addition, Gamesa will maintain the complex for the next 10 years.
This is the second order secured by Gamesa in Thailand, having won an order for the supply of 60 MW from this same customer in 2015. In addition to Thailand, Gamesa’s Asian footprint extends to Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, China and India, having installed over 7,760 MW in these markets.