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Foundation laid for wind power generator blade unit

NEW HORIZON: Rakesh Bakshi, Managing Director, Vestas RRB, talking to Ulrik Federspiel, Danish Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Michael Sternberg, Danish Ambassador to India, at a function near Poonamalle on Monday. — Phot o: K. Pichumani

NEW HORIZON: Rakesh Bakshi, Managing Director, Vestas RRB, talking to Ulrik Federspiel, Danish Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Michael Sternberg, Danish Ambassador to India, at a function near Poonamalle on Monday. — Phot o: K. Pichumani  

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The foundation stone for a wind electric generator (WEG) blade manufacturing plant was laid near Poonamalle on Monday.

To be commissioned in six months, it will initially produce 23-metre-long WEG blades. In the first year of operation, it will manufacture 350 sets of blades and, in the second year, 700 sets.

"Commencement of local production of WEG blades will help wind energy project promoters bring down the cost of the WEGs," said Rakesh Bakshi, managing director of Vestas RRB India Limited, an Indo-Danish collaborative venture.

Capacity expansion

The cost of setting up the first phase of the plant has been estimated at Rs. 35 crores. In the next phase, the capacity will be expanded to produce higher capacity WEGs. This is estimated to cost Rs. 65 crores.

Ulrik Federspiel, Danish Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Michael Sternberg, Danish Ambassador to India, who were present on the occasion, described the project as a renewal of ties between the nations. Mr. Bakshi called for a national policy for an integrated management of renewable energy sources.

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