Thursday 2 April 2020

Engie commissions 250MW solar project in India

NEW DELHI, February 21, 2020

Engie, a global leader in energy transition, has announced the full commissioning of the 250 MW Kadapa solar project in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Construction work at the 500-hectare site began in September 2018.

The project was successfully completed with close to 1.9 million safe man hours and as per the highest quality standards, despite extreme weather and geographical conditions.

The 200 MW phase was commissioned ahead of schedule in May 2019 and this milestone supports Engie’s ambition to be a major renewables development partner as India becomes one of the fastest growing countries in global energy transition.

The remaining 50 MW were recently commissioned to the existing 200 MW capacity, in order to provide power to 400,000 people.

Engie has been present and active in India for over 40 years and has a total installed capacity of more than 1.5 GW in renewables and employs around 1,000 people in power generation, engineering and energy services. It clinched the Kadapa project three years back.

The signing of the 25-year power purchase agreement with National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) was announced at the inauguration of the Mirzapur solar power plant in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron in March 2018.

Over 1 million panels and over 2700 string inverters were installed with 1.9 million safe manhours put by over 1200 skilled and unskilled manpower in a site spread across 1250 acres.

Engie CEO (Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey) Sébastien Arbola said: "We are committed to supporting India’s energy transition."

"We look forward to continuing to support the country’s low-carbon generation investments and in the Middle East region whilst continuing to operate to the highest possible health and safety standards," he stated.

Other projects Engie has developed in India include the Mirzapur solar project (101MWp) in Uttar Pradesh, Bhadla solar park (190 MWp) in Rajasthan, a wind project in Gujarat (30 MW) and two wind projects in Tamil Nadu (50 MW and 200 MW), in accordance with the Indian government’s ambitions to develop renewable energy.-TradeArabia News Service


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