Ramesh Kymal, CMD, Gamesa, says that it is now about 3,000 MW and expected to go up to 7,000 MW in the next one or two years in view of the government’s objective. R Srinivasan reports.At a media briefing at Taj Hotel in Mumbai, Gamesa Wind Turbines, the Indian subsidiary of Gamesa, announced the company’s remarkable upswing in its growth trajectory and to formally launch its G-97, 2 MW low wind turbine. Ramesh Kymal, CMD, Gamesa Wind Turbines, spoke about the 700+ wind turbine generators installed within two years of setting up base in India and the 60 per cent growth in sales in FY 2011-12. The company now commands a significant market share of installations in India registering a momentous sales turnover of Rs 1,600 crore, which is a growth of 60 per cent from the last year. The company also has a portfolio of more than 6,000 MW in various stages of development in India and Sri Lanka and expects to achieve a production capacity of 1,500 MW by 2013 from the current 800 MW.Ramesh Kymal, CMD, Gamesa Wind Turbines, said, “Gamesa India is looking ahead to the incredible potential waiting to be tapped. India’s wind potential is estimated at 3,000 GW and we have a long way to go. Harnessing this potential means providing for a clean, green future, sustainable livelihoods, and very importantly – energy security. As a company, we are well positioned to compete in the Indian wind markets and play our part in providing ecologically sustainable development all over the county.”Commenting on the reasons why this turbine was introduced in India, he said that it is ideal for low to medium conditions and designed for temperatures that go up to 55 degrees and also in wet regions. He said, “It is not that we did not have a larger portfolio. We have a portfolio of 4.5 MW but we did not bring that here because bigger does not always mean better. We have introduced machines specific to the Indian market. The market is poised for a big jump. It is now about 3,000 MW and we expect it to go up to 7,000 MW in the next one or two years because the government’s stated objective is to have 15 per cent from renewables by 2020 which means that you will need about 60,000 – 70,000 MW from renewables by 2020. Wind is the mainstay and what is driving this business in India is the power shortage.”On the potential of repowering, which he said was pioneered by the company in Tamil Nadu, he said, “The total installed capacity in India is about 16,000 MW in India and about 6,000 MW of that is from old, small inefficient turbines. We can uproot them and put more efficient turbines in their place and increase generation by about 2.5 times higher by using the same infrastructure.”Regarding investments in FY 2013 he said that in terms of pure sales they had sold over 1,000 machines and had tripled capacity. He added that production could be ramped up even further if required as per the market conditions and that the market will pick up in future. About the current order book for the 2 MW turbine he said they had orders booked till September next year and said, “This (2 MW) is going to be the game-changer in the Indian market.”
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