Vestas sees out 2011 with orders from seven countries

Despite a challenging year for the industry, Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, ended 2011 on a high. On 30 December it announced orders to supply turbines for new wind farms in Poland, Italy, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Sweden. It also received its first order from Pakistan.
Vestas sees out 2011 with orders from seven countries

Vestas has received two orders from key account EDF Energies Nouvelles for delivery of 19 V90-2.0 MW wind turbines for the Gargano wind farm in Apulia (Italy), and for 12 V90-2.0 MW turbines for the Eckolstädt wind farm in Thüringen ( Germany) for a total capacity of 62 MW.

Both orders have been placed by EDF Energies Nouvelles, a leader in renewable energy, as part of the binding share of wallet agreement signed in June 2011 with Vestas. Through the agreement for the years 2012-2014, EDF Energies Nouvelles and its US subsidiary, committed to purchase Vestas wind turbines for a minimum of 50 per cent of all its future onshore wind installations in Europe and for a minimum of 30 per cent in the United States.

The wind turbines for the Italian projects will be delivered in July 2012, and commissioning is expected to start in October 2012, while those for Germany will be delivered in August 2012, and commissioning of the wind turbines is expected to start in September 2012 with completion before the end of 2012.

“We are pleased to announce this contract with EDF Energies Nouvelles, which strengthens our partnership as clearly supported by our Global Key Account Program,” states Juan Araluce, President of Vestas Mediterranean. “We are delighted to have been chosen as wind turbine supplier for the development of these two wind farms in Italy and Germany. Both wind farms will use Vestas’ 2 MW platform – the industry’s most proven turbine family with more than 7,800 in use worldwide, delivering high reliability, low operational downtime and high performance.”

Multiple European orders

Elsewhere in Europe, Vestas closed 2011 with further orders for its turbines from Poland, the United Kingdom, Sweden and France.

The wind turbine manufacturer received an order for 17 units of the V112-3.0 MW turbine for Poland. The contract comprises supply, installation and commissioning of the turbines as well as a 12-year service and maintenance agreement with the solution AOM 5000 (Active Output Management), which is Vestas’ new service product optimising wind power plant output and minimising customer risk.

Vestas also won an order for 18 units of the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine for the UK. Delivery of the turbines is scheduled to be completed in early 2013 and once operational the wind power plant could generate enough power to supply the average needs of up to approximately 27,600 British homes.

“We are pleased that we are able to supply 18 V90-3.0 MW turbines for the UK, which marks another important step towards the expansion of onshore wind power in the country,” says Ken Fiddes, Vice President Sales, Vestas Northern Europe.

In northern Europe, Vestas also confirmed an order from a joint venture consisting of Arise Windpower AB and Platina Partners Ltd. for delivery of another 23 units of the V112-3.0 MW wind turbine to the Jädraås wind power park in Sweden. Delivery of all 66 turbines for the Jädraås project is scheduled to be completed in the very beginning of 2013.

In addition, it signed an order with VSB Energies Nouvelles, a French developer of renewable energy projects, for a total capacity of 24 MW for the Greneville wind power plant, which will be located in the northeast of Orleans in the Région Centre, one of the regions with the best wind resources in France and a current total wind generating capacity of 540 MW.

The project, consisting of eight units of the V112-3.0 MW turbine, will be the first wind power plant to be installed in France with the V112, one of Vestas’ latest and most technologically advanced products. Delivery of the turbines is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2012 and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

New market

Vestas is also continuing to expand its operations outside Europe, and ended 2011 announcing its first order in Pakistan. The order is for a total capacity of 50.4 MW, consisting of 28 units of the V90-1.8 MW wind turbines for a wind power project in Nooriabad in the Jimphir region of the country. Delivery of the turbines is scheduled to start in the first half of 2012 and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

The order has been placed by Zorlu Energy Pakistan Ltd., which is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of the Turkish Zorlu Enerji Electricity Generation Inc. In 2006, the company signed an agreement with the Alternative Energy Development Board of the Government of Pakistan to build the first wind power plant in Pakistan for a total capacity of 56.4 MW. The first phase of the project comprising 6 MW has been in operation since 2009 and the second phase comprising the 50.4 MW will be delivered by Vestas.

“We take pride in building the first wind power plant in Pakistan, which will lead the wind industry in the country and, hopefully, will motivate other investors to seek opportunities in the region. In this project, Vestas is a very strong technology partner offering us reliable and efficient products,” comments Murat Sungur Bursa, CEO of Zorlu Energy Group. “We trust that they will deliver the best solutions with high-quality service and professional sector experience both locally and globally. Our partnership on this particular project will have a positive impact within the region in terms of social and economic welfare and it will strengthen our collaboration.”

“We are extremely proud to start our operations in a new market, such as Pakistan, through the development of this important project together with the Zorlu Energy Group. I am very confident that this project will pave the way for an even stronger relationship between both companies,” concluded Juan Araluce.

As part of its short-term policy, the Government of Pakistan introduced in 2006 a Policy for Development of Renewable Energy for Power Generation with the aim of utilizing the unexploited wind resources in the country as well as of attracting new investments to Pakistan. “This cooperation between Zorlu Enerji and Vestas will be a landmark to pave the way for developing wind energy in the country,” said Vestas in a statement on its website.

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