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GE wins orders for 400 MW

The US-based wind turbine manufacturer wins its largest turnkey order in India and helps itself into the market in Africa.

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US-based industrial conglomerate General Electric (GE) is under considerable pressure as of late. In the beginning of the month, the company's share price was reduced by more than half relative to a few months ago, and good news has been sparse.

Two items of welcome news have now arrived for the company's wind energy division, says GE CEO Larry Culp.

GE is nominated to supply a 300 MW project in India. The country's largest privately-owned energy company, Renew Power, has selected the US company to deliver wind turbines to the Gadhsisa project in the state of Gujarat. 120 units of the model GE 2.5 132 will be installed in the regiment of a turnkey order, meaning the manufacturer installs the project and then manages operation and maintenance upon the facility, being commissioned in one year's time.

"This is an important milestone for GE in India, and this relationship with ReNew will help us expand our turnkey capabilities across Asia. ReNew Power is the industry leader in the renewable energy sector in India, and it is a privilege for our turbines to have been selected for this project," writes Mahesh Palashikar, region leader for GE Renewable Energy's Onshore Wind business in Asia, in the statement.

GE reports having installed 1.8 GW in India, distributed across 37 wind farms. The order from ReNew Power is the largest turnkey order to date, but the US company has reportedly paid a tidy sum to secure it. The project stems from the public tender held in February, in which the developer won 400 MW for the low price INR 2.44 (EUR 0.031) per kWh.

Order from Kenya

On the other side of the Arabian Sea, GE won another order by using a different tactic. In Kenya, GE's renewable energy division has teamed up with the company's financial division, GE Energy Financial Service, to install the US outfit's first turbines in the country. The 100 MW project Kipeto will consist of 60 small wind turbines of the model GE 1.7-103.

"GE is incredibly proud to be a part of this exciting endeavor. The Kipeto project is an important step forward in providing affordable, reliable clean energy to the region and meeting Kenya's renewable energy goals. We look forward to working with our partners on the journey for years to come," writes Peter Wells, GE's Onshore Wind Regional Director for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, in a press release.

This announcement follows only a few week after the country's first wind farm was connected to the national grid. This was accomplished after more than one decade of developing and installing 365 wind turbines on Lake Turkan, a project in which Vestas had the combined role of turbine supplier and investor. GE does not expect to spend so much time on Kipeto, which has been under development since 2014 and is planned to be commissioned in late 2020.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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