Danish wind energy giant Vestas has announced seven newly awarded wind turbine contracts to provide a total of 332 MW in five different countries.
Between August 24th (following the company’s second quarter financial earnings report on the 19th of August) and the 4th of September, Vestas announced seven different contracts to supply wind turbines to projects all over the world, totaling 332 MW.
Vestas announced two separate projects awarded to them in Uruguay, the first on August 24th, followed by another on the 2nd of September.
Vestas will provide 15 V117-3.3 MW turbines totaling 50 MW to the Florida II wind project in Uruguay, owned by Glymont S.A., a project company jointly owned by Akuo Energy and Eurus Energy America. The agreement includes the supply, installation, and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 10-year service agreement and Vestas system monitoring, and completion of the project is expected to take place in the third quarter of 2016.
“Florida II will be Akuo’s third wind project in Uruguay, resulting in a total installed capacity of 142 MW, making us one of the three largest independent power producers in the country. Both Akuo and Eurus are pleased to partner with Vestas and are confident that its cutting-edge technologies and expertise will help us maximise the production of this wind power plant,” says Eric Scotto, CEO and co-founder of Akuo Energy.
Vestas will also provide 35 V110-2.0 MW wind turbines totaling 70 MW to the Palomas wind power plant in the northwestern department of Salto, Uruguay, being developed by Abengoa.
In total, Vestas orders in Uruguay so far this year amount to 120 MW, following its entrance into the Uruguayan market back in 2008, and installation of over 300 MW of wind power in the country.
Vestas also took in two orders to be developed in Germany, both of them citizen-owned wind parks amounting to 66 MW total.
The first of these citizen-owned wind parks is being developed by Windpark Kirchberg GmbH & Co.KG in the south of Germany, in Baden Wurttemberg. Vestas will provide 8 V126-3.3 MW for the 26.4 MW project, which is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2016, and upon completion is set to “cover the residential electricity consumption of more than 10,000 German four-person-households.”
“Our wind energy project is a wonderful example of a privately owned wind farm,” said Ralf Stier and Georg Persigehl, managing directors of the Kirchberg/Jagst power plant. “With more than 90 percent of the capital being provided by people from the region, no privately-owned wind farm in southern Germany has as large a citizen share as this great project. We were convinced by the V126-3.3 MW technology and high performance. Doing business with Vestas already for more than a decade, we know we have a reliable partner for the lifetime of the wind farm, and are very confident that we selected the right partner for this showcase project for the energy transition in southern Germany.”
The second of the citizen-owned wind parks will be developed by Windpark Kalkriese GmbH & Co. KG in Lower Saxony. The project will receive 12 V126-3.3 MW turbines, totaling 39.6 MW, and will hope to see completion and operation by the second quarter of 2016.
“Our decision to choose Vestas V126-3.3 MW was mainly based on our evaluation of its profitability,” says Ralf Große-Endebrock managing director of the Kalkriese power plant. “During procurement Vestas also provided insight to the development, production and performance of the V126-3.3 MW, which together with the collaborative and professional approach of the Vestas Sales representatives convinced us that Vestas could deliver the best wind energy solution for our Kalkriese site.”
wpd, one of Europe’s leading wind power developers with more than 270 projects in Germany alone, placed an order with Vestas for 22 V117-3.3 MW turbines, equipped with the Vestas De-icing System for the Tohkoja project in Kalajoki, Finland.
Vestas’ agreement with wpd includes delivery and installation of the wind turbines, as well as a 15-year service agreement, with the project expected to reach completion in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Allianz Capital Partners placed an order with Vestas for 10 V126-3.3 MW turbines to be used at the Mombyåsen project in Sweden, which serves to bring the total firm order intake on Vestas’ V126-3.3 MW turbine in Sweden alone close to 200 MW.
Vestas will deliver, install, and commission the turbines, as well as provide 10 years service, with completion of the project expected to take place in the third quarter of 2016.
“We are very pleased to further strengthen our position in the Swedish wind market by acquiring the Mombyåsen project – our fourth wind park in Sweden,” said David Jones, Head of Renewable Energy at Allianz Capital Partners. “We are looking forward to working with both Arise and Vestas to ensure the smooth construction and optimal long-term operation of the asset.”
Vestas also received a contract for a 40 MW wind project being developed in India, which you can read more about here.
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