Siemens Energy has received two major orders for a total of 90 wind turbines with a combined capacity of roughly 200 Megawatt (MW) for two wind power plants, Korat 1 and Korat 2, in Nakorn Rachasrima Province in Northeastern Thailand. For Korat 1 project the customer is K.R. Two Company Ltd. while the purchaser for Korat 2 project is First Korat Wind Co. Ltd. Both companies are subsidiaries of Thailand's Wind Energy Holding Co. Ltd. The scope of supply encompasses delivery, installation and commissioning of 90 Siemens-wind turbines of type SWT-2.3-101. Installation of both projects will begin in spring 2012, while commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2012.
With a rotor diameter of 101 meters, the new powerful wind turbine SWT-2.3-101, which is ideally suited to sites with low to medium wind speeds, will provide more power at lower wind speeds, significantly increasing the return on investment of wind farms.
"The market entry in Thailand proves that our business gains momentum in Asia," said Kay Weber, CEO of the Siemens Wind Power Business Unit APAC. "We are confident that we will receive more orders in this dynamic region," Weber added.
The two orders for the two Korat wind power plants are the first ones Siemens received from Thailand so far. The wind turbines of the type SWT-2.3-101 have a capacity of 2.3 MW, a rotor diameter of 101 meters and a tower height of 99.5 meters. The blades and the nacelles for the projects will be manufactured in China. The projects have been acquired in a time of growing importance and support for renewable energy in Thailand.
Internationalization is a key pillar of Siemens' strategy in the global wind market. Just recently, Siemens announced the establishment of two joint ventures with Shanghai Electric to serve the world's largest wind power market in China and the surrounding region.