In the US, Vestas has received an order for two wind projects totalling 370 MW to repower the Pleasant Valley and Border Winds projects owned by Xcel Energy
The order for the 213 MW Pleasant Valley project in Minnesota consists of 97 V110-2.0 MW wind turbines delivered in 2.2 MW operating mode, while the 156 MW Border Winds project, located in North Dakota, consists of 71 V110-2.0 MW wind turbines delivered in 2.2 MW operating, which will update the current V100-2.0 MW technology at both sites.
“Vestas and Xcel Energy have a strong history of bringing wind energy to local communities across the US and we look forward to continuing this partnership by extending the longevity and increasing the energy projection of current wind projects like Pleasant Valley in Minnesota and Border Winds in North Dakota” said Laura Beane, President of Vestas North America. “Upgrading the site’s current technology will not only extend the lifespan of the project and bring clean energy to thousands of households, it will also provide needed economic opportunities to these communities.”
Both projects include supply, delivery, and commissioning of the turbines, and Vestas will continue to service the turbines and provide an energy-based availability guarantee, designed to ensure optimised performance of the asset.
Turbine delivery for both projects will begin in the second quarter of 2025 with commissioning scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2025.
In India, Vestas and Vibrant Energy have signed a deal for two wind projects. As part of the order, Vestas will supply a total of 36 V155-3.6 MW turbines.
This is Vestas’ second order from Vibrant in India in less than a year, following a 54 MW order for a project in Maharashtra signed in 2022. With this, Vestas continues to solidify its position as a reliable and trusted partner in sustainable energy solutions in India.
Deliveries of the turbines are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2023, while commissioning of all turbines is expected to be completed by second quarter of 2024.
In Spain, Vestas has received a 140 MW order for the Cerrato, Atalayas and San Cebrián wind farms, to be located in Castilla y León. The contract includes the supply and installation of 20 V163-4.5 MW wind turbines and 11 V150-4.5 MW wind turbines, as well as a 10-year 4000 Active Output Management (AOM 4000) service agreement.
The San Cebrián and Cerrato wind farms will feature the first V163-4.5 MW wind turbines in Europe. The V163-4.5 MW has a large rotor-size-to-rating ratio resulting in a high capacity factor, which in turn enables higher Annual Energy Production and more stable power output at park level. This improves predictability and stability in production, optimising the utilisation of the wind park as well as benefitting the energy grid.
The order has been placed by Estudios y Proyectos Pradamap y Cerrato Eólica (Grupo Vapat). The company has developed and commissioned 650 MW of wind power, and currently has over 2,500 MW of wind power and PV hybrid projects in different states of development and construction.
Turbine delivery and commissioning are expected by 2024.
The project will also benefit from Vestas’ manufacturing footprint in Spain. The company manufactures V150 blades at its factory in Daimiel (Ciudad Real) for the 4 MW and the EnVentus platforms. Since 1991, when Vestas installed its first wind turbine in Spain, the company has secured an order intake of more than 5.1 GW for over 130 wind farms in the country.
In Germany, Vestas has received an order from JUWI GmbH for five wind projects totalling 63 MW. The order includes supply, installation, and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement, designed to ensure optimised performance of the asset.
The order consists of the Windpark Olsberg Mannstein in North Rhine-Westphalia with seven V126-3.45 MW turbines, the Windpark Perl-expansion in Saarland with one V150-5.6 MW turbine as well as the Windpark Lauda Heckfeld II in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Windpark Laudert III in Rhineland-Palatinate that both consist of one V162-5.6 MW turbine. Finally, the Windpark Jülich Güsten in North Rhine-Westphalia includes four V162-5.6 MW turbines.
Installation of the first turbine is scheduled to begin in the first quarter in 2024, with commissioning of all turbines expected by the end of the fourth quarters of 2024.
In Argentina, Vestas has secured a 162 MW order for the La Elbita project in the Province of Buenos Aires.
The project will feature 36 V150-4.5 MW wind turbines which Vestas will supply and install. Upon completion, Vestas will also deliver a 25-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. This agreement will optimise energy production while also providing long-term business case certainty.
Turbine delivery is planned for the third quarter of 2023, whilst commissioning is expected for the second quarter of 2024.
Vestas pioneered Argentina's wind energy market with the installation of the country's first commercial wind turbine in Comodoro Rivadavia in 1994.
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