The CLP Group, one of the leading power companies in the world, is to develop a huge 100.8MW wind farm in Gujarat, India.
The so-called Samana project will be the largest wind project undertaken to date by CLP and increases its renewable energy portfolio by almost one third to approximately 4.4 percent of its total generating capacity.
Construction of the new wind project, which will cost more than $125m, is planned to start in November this year and is expected to be completed in two phases – 50.4MW of power should go online by June 2008 and the other 50.4MW by January 2009.
The wind farm, which will be developed with the assistance of wind turbine manufacturer Enercon India, will involve the building of more than 126 wind turbines of 800kW capacity each.
Last year, CLP, through its joint venture with Australia’s Hydro Tasmania, entered into a separate agreement with Enercon India to develop a 50.4MW wind farm project at Khandke in the state of Maharashtra. That wind project is expected to be commissioned by the end of this year.
CLP India already owns and operates a modern 655MW combined cycle gas power plant in Village Paguthan in Gujarat through its subsidiary Gujarat Paguthan Energy Corporation Private Limited (GPEC).