Vestas enters Latvian market with 59 MW wind project

Marking its entrance into the Latvian wind market, Vestas has secured a 59 MW order at the Targale wind project from a special purpose company majority owned by Utilitas, the Estonian utility provider.
Vestas enters Latvian market with 59 MW wind project
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The Targale project is located in Ventspils municipality in western Latvia, and will be powered by 14 V136-4.2 MW turbines at a hub height of 82m.

With only 65 MW of wind capacity currently installed in Latvia, this project is due to nearly double the total installed capacity in the country, as Latvia makes progress towards its target to procure 50 percent of energy from renewable energy sources by 2030. To support the country’s wind energy ambitions, Vestas has opened its first office in Latvia in April 2021.

Vestas will supply and install turbines and will provide service for the project through a long-term 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, providing power performance certainty and Vestas’ industry-leading service expertise throughout the lifetime of the project.

“Our first project with Utilitas also marks Vestas’ arrival in Latvia” said Nils de Baar, President, Vestas Northern & Central Europe. “We are positive about Latvia as a market and are delighted to be selected to provide turbines and long-term service at the Targale project. This project can be a bellwether for the Latvian wind industry, as the country advances its strong performance on clean energy towards 50 percent renewable energy penetration by 2030”.

Rene Tammist, Development Manager, Utilitas, added that the explicit technological innovations in terms of efficient and environmentally friendly energy production that Vestas provide will contribute greatly to the renewable energy sector in Latvia and that the company’s presence in the Baltics will even more support the wind energy development in the region.

Turbine delivery to the Targale project will commence in the second quarter of 2022, and commissioning will begin in the third quarter of the same year.

To seal Vestas’ entry into Latvia and to service new wind projects such as Targale, plans are also underway to establish a local Vestas service hub in Latvia in 2022, near Ventspils port.

In other news, Vestas has received an 86 MW order from OX2 for the Karskruv project, which is due to be constructed in the municipality of Uppvidinge, Kronoberg County, Sweden. The order adds to the market-leading tally of more than 5 GW of wind energy capacity that Vestas has installed in the country.

At the Karskruv project, Vestas will supply and install 20 V150-4.2 MW turbines in 4.3 MW operating mode, as well as provide a long-term 30-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, enabling power performance certainty and Vestas’ industry-leading service expertise throughout the lifetime of the project.

Deliveries at Karskruv are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2023, while commissioning is planned for the fourth quarter of 2023.

Also, Italy-based engineering and construction company SIMIC Spa has placed a 30 MW order for the Fiurme Santo wind park, to be located in Porto Torres in Sardinia, Italy. The contract includes the supply and installation of five V162-6.0 MW wind turbines, as well as a 21-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement

This is the first Enventus order Vestas receives in Italy and, once the project is installed, it will feature the largest and most powerful wind turbines ever installed in the country.

With a swept area of over 20,000m², the V162-6.0 MW turbine applies the largest rotor size in Vestas’ onshore product portfolio to achieve industry-leading energy production paired with a high capacity factor.

Turbine delivery is planned for the fourth quarter of 2021, whilst commissioning is expected for the second quarter of 2022.

With this project, Vestas has secured more than 1.7 GW of contracts derived from auctions in Italy, where it has installed over 4.4 GW since 1991, accounting for more than 40 percent market share.

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