Danish wind energy giant Vestas Wind Systems has been awarded a mammoth 1 GW wind turbine order by a joint venture being developed in Norway.
Fosen Vind DA, a joint venture company owned by Statkraft, TrønderEnergi, and the European investor consortium Nordic Wind Power DA, consisting of Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and Swiss utility BKW, awarded Vestas its largest ever wind turbine order this past week, for 1 GW of wind turbines.
Vestas will supply 278 wind turbines in total — made up of 248 of the company’s V117-3.45 MW units and 30 of its V112-3.45 MW turbines, all of which will be optimized to 3.6 MW. In total, the order equals 1,001 MW, and will be installed across six different wind parks being developed in Norway, making it Europe’s largest onshore wind project to date.
Total investment in the wind farms amounts to approximately €1.1 billion, and will result in about 3.4 TWh of electricity generated annually. The Fosen Vind project portfolio includes the Harbaksfjellet, Roan, Storheia, and Kvenndalsfjellet wind farms north of the Trondheim fjord amounting to approximately 750 MW, and the Geitfjellet and Hitra 2 wind farms south of the Trondheim fjord at approximately 250 MW.
“We are extremely proud to work with Statkraft and the partner organisations on this 1 GW project, which is Vestas’ largest order to date,” said Klaus Steen Mortensen, President, Vestas Northern Europe. “The order affirms the competitiveness of Vestas’ wind power solutions and that wind power provides an attractive long-term energy investment that goes well beyond its climate and sustainability benefits. Investing in wind power simply makes economic sense.”
The contract will see Vestas supply, install, and commission all the wind turbines, as well as provide a two year customized service agreement, followed by a 20-year service and support agreement. Delivery of the turbines is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2018, with commissioning of the last project set for the fourth quarter of 2020.
“This is an important day,” said Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, CEO and President of Statkraft. “Together with our partners Statkraft has developed the largest renewable energy project in Norway in this millennium. With a 1000MW project we become one of the leading onshore wind players.”
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