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WinWinD opens wind turbine manufacturing facility at Vengal near Chennai Print E-mail
Written by Krishna Kumar, Arjun   
Wednesday, 09 September 2009
Chennai: WinWinD Power Energy (P) Ltd., engaged in the design, development and manufacture of wind turbines, opened its first manufacturing facility in India at Vengal, 50kms from Chennai.

Set up at an investment of Rs 375 crores, the facility will initially manufacture utility grade 1MW  (WWD-1) wind turbines. This facility will assemble and test  nacelles hubs and produce rotor blades. The plant, built on 67 acres, has an initial production capacity of 4 Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs) per day (12 blades) and going forward, the company plans to scale up capacity  to 8 WTGs (24 blades) per day.

WinWinD operates three manufacturing plants in Europe. This is WinWinD's fourth manufacturing unit and it's first in Asia. It is expected to employ around 1000 people.

The company is also expected to set up a new facility, within the next 2 years, for manufacturing the higher rating multi MW (WWD-3) wind turbines.

"Keeping up with its standards of manufacturing units in Europe, this facility in Vengal, near Chennai is an ultra modern manufacturing unit, which is designed to take care of International Standards norms of safety and quality needs," said Mr. IIkka Hakala, CEO, WinWinD.

WinWinD also caters to customized blade requirements of third party WTG manufacturers. The company sources it's gearboxes, castings, generators and other equipment (made according it's design and specifications) from Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited , Patel Alloys, Toyo Denki Power Systems and others respectively. The 1 MW turbines would be 60 - 70 per cent localized.

"WinWinD's rotor blades are of superior quality and is German designed, with very precise accuracy in product and process parameters. The launch of the tooling and testing unit in the initial phase of its operation, only demonstrates that WinWinD is strongly focused on its technology differentiation," IIkka Hakala added.

The core components of WinWinD turnkey solution will consist of wind study, land acquisition, infrastructure development, supply of turbines, installation & commissioning, liaison, operation and maintenance. The company will offer these solutions in due course.

"Winwind will be a harbinger of change in the wind energy business in India.  With over a decade's experience and a global footprint, we have put in place a competent and highly qualified management team with robust industry experience and exposure to international best practices, " said Mr. V Srinivasan, Group CEO of Siva Group.

Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Hon. Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy resources, India inaugurated this facility in the presence of Thiru Arcot N. Veerasamy, Hon. Minister of Electricity, Government of Tamil Nadu, Mr. V Srinivasan, Group CEO of Siva Group and a host of other dignitaries.

WinWinD's Investors include the Siva Group conglomerate, Finnish Industry Investment Ltd and Masdar, the clean tech arm of Government of Abu Dhabi.  Siva Group acquired majority control in Winiwnd in 2006. The US$ 3 billion Siva Group is promoted by Mr. C Sivasankaran.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 March 2011 )
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