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Komaihaltec gets tailwind from midsize turbine business

Wind turbines generate electricity at Komaihaltec's plant in Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture.

TOKYO -- Bridge and steel frame manufacturer Komaihaltec has caught wind of a new market opportunity, selling midsize wind turbines for use in mountainous regions, remote islands and other areas where power supplies are inadequate.       

     The company is pitching diversification of electricity sources to clients, stressing wind turbines can cut costs by replacing diesel generators. It has clinched its first sale in Asia, a 270 million yen ($2.46 million) order for two midsize wind turbines from a state-owned power company in Bhutan. The units will be in operation by the end of 2015. The deal includes constructing the turbines and connecting them to the power grid.

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