Vestas secures Mediterranean orders

Source: press releases, 30 June 2020

As part of the development and verification process for the V136-3.45 MW® turbine, the first turbine was installed at the Østerild national test center for large turbines in northern Denmark
As part of the development and verification process for the V136-3.45 MW® turbine, the first turbine was installed at the Østerild national test center for large turbines in northern Denmark (photo: Vestas)

Vestas has received a 49 MW order for two projects in Italy that showcase the versatility of Vestas’ product portfolio. The auction-based projects, located in the Campania region, will include six V110-2.0 MW wind turbines delivered in 2.2 MW Power Optimised Mode and ten V117-3.45 MW wind turbines in 3.6 MW operating mode.

The supply and installation contract also includes a 5-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement.

“This order showcases how our diverse portfolio continues to offer the winning solutions to our customers’ different business cases in Italy,” says Vestas Vice President of Sales Region Southern Europe and Turkey, Rainer Karan.

The order adds to the more than 1.1 GW of contracts signed by Vestas in Italy’s auction system, demonstrating its ability to support customers in submitting winning auction bids.

Turbine delivery and commissioning are planned for the first half 2021. The names of the wind parks are undisclosed as per customer request.

In France, the renewable energy producer Elicio has placed a 32 MW order for the Le Haut Plateau wind project. The contract includes the supply and installation of nine V136-3.45 MW wind turbines delivered in 3.6 Power Optimised Mode, as well as an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for at least the next 20 years.

Peter Goderis, Director Engineering & Construction at Elicio France, says, “Wind energy has a significant growth potential in France and is at the heart of Elicio’s strategy to contribute towards a cleaner and cost-effective energy powered world. Further to Elicio’s successful tariff selection for this wind farm at Department Somme, we are committed with Vestas to making this project a success.”

Turbine delivery will begin in the third quarter of 2021, with commissioning scheduled for the fourth quarter of the same year.

“I would like to thank Elicio for the trust they have placed in the competitiveness of our 4 MW platform. This order further strengthens Vestas’ market leadership in France and reaffirms the suitability of our portfolio for the French market,” says Vestas France Country Manager, Hugues Faivre.

In a second announced order in France,the international renewable energy developer Valeco has placed a 42 MW order for three wind projects.

The contract includes the supply and installation of eight V100-2.0 MW wind turbines delivered in 2.2 MW Power Optimised Mode and eight V117-3.45 MW wind turbines in 3.0 MW operating mode, as well as Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreements, designed to maximise energy production for the sites.

The name and location of the projects are undisclosed. Turbine delivery and commissioning are scheduled for the first half of 2021.

Vestas has over 5.1 GW capacity installed and over 2,300 wind turbines in France. These numbers place the company as the main contributor to the expansion of wind energy in France, where last year the company had a 40% market share.