13 Nov 2016

Institutional Asset Manager article: MEM and Gunkul working on three Thai wind power projects

Modern Energy Management (MEM) has been working with Gunkul Engineering, a Thai renewable electricity producer, to bring three wind projects to financial close.

Once complete, the three wind farms will contribute 170MW to the grid – nearly doubling Thailand’s total wind energy capacity.

MEM served as owner’s representative on the 60MW Wayu, 60MW Greenovation and 50MW Korat Wind projects, helping to bring the projects through late stage development to financial close. Furthermore, the firm is now acting as owner’s engineer for construction on the Wayu project, and will fill the same role on the Korat Wind project in the near future.

Over the next two decades, Thailand’s energy consumption will increase by up to 75 per cent. At the same time, much of its current energy infrastructure is set to be decommissioned, while its natural gas reserves are due to run out by 2021.

Faced with these energy supply and demand challenges, Thailand is aiming to secure 25 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2036. As part of these efforts, over the past five years the country has dramatically increased its wind power capacity – from 5.6MW in 2010 to 234.5MW last year.

As all three projects fall in areas of medium to low wind speeds, the wind farms will make use of innovative new IEC Wind Class 3 turbines, which are specially designed to maximise efficiency and output in limited wind regimes. By combining a larger rotor with the ability to select from a range of taller tower heights, these low wind turbines boost performance and will ensure that each project is optimised to maximise generation.

As part of its work on the three projects, MEM offered contract advisory services, served on project tenders and provided project management services related to the financial close process.

The Wayu project is due for completion by the end of 2016, while the Greenovation and Korat Wind projects are set to be commissioned by the end of 2017 and 2018, respectively.

“These projects illustrate how cutting-edge technology continues to be embraced in Thailand and the wider Asian market,” says James Munro (pictured), project manager at Modern Energy Management.

“Incorporating the latest low wind turbines ensures that these wind farms will be able to maximise energy generation even in low wind conditions. In turn, they will deliver long-term, steady returns to project investors.”

“Our success in completing the financing of these flagship projects shows that Thai wind is truly an investment-grade prospect,” says Janpon Ngamaroonchote, vice president of strategic planning and investment at Gunkul Engineering.

“Modern Energy Management’s understanding of the market in Thailand, along with its international experience helping to secure financing for early utility-scale developments has been a significant asset – and we look forward to continuing our work with the team throughout construction.”

Since 2013, MEM’s team has delivered specialist work in over 20 countries, and has been involved in Thai wind since the development of the first utility-scale wind projects. The firm helps to unlock financial and operational performance in emerging markets, and has a growing presence across Asia and Africa.


Link to original article: http://www.institutionalassetmanager.co.uk/2016/08/23/242892/mem-and-gunkul-working-three-thai-wind-power-projects