Vestas inks 75 MW order in Ireland

Source: press release, 3 February 2021

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 secured an order for the 75 MW Cloncreen project in Ireland from the Irish climate solutions company Bord na Móna. The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of 21 V136-3.45 MW wind turbines in 3.6 MW operating mode in combination with a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, maximising power production while at the same time offering competitive levelised cost of energy.

This project is located in County Offaly in the Irish Midlands and it is derived from the latest RESS 1 auction round. Once commissioned, Cloncreen will be the largest Vestas wind park in Ireland to date.

“Following a competitive international tender process, we are pleased to award the turbine contract to Vestas. The development of Cloncreen Wind Farm involves an investment by Bord na Móna of over EUR 100 million in low carbon electricity generation infrastructure in Co. Offaly. The project will make a significant contribution to the achievement of Ireland’s 70% renewable electricity target by 2030. It is one of the largest projects to clear in the recent RESS auction and we intend to see it as the first operational wind farm under the scheme. The supply installation and commissioning of the 21 V136-3.45 MW Vestas turbines will play a significant role in ensuring the successful delivery of this project. We very much look forward to working with Vestas over the coming months to deliver affordable, green energy, that enhances Ireland’s energy security,” says John Reilly, Head of Bord na Móna Renewable Energy.

“The Cloncreen project demonstrates the competitiveness of Vestas’s technology for the Irish market. We are proud to be part of Bord na Móna’s recent auction success, and we are excited to participate in Bord na Móna’s continued expansion of its wind energy project portfolio,” states Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe.

The project will feature a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution, lowering turbine downtime and thus optimising the energy output.

Turbine delivery is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022, while commissioning is planned for the fourth quarter of 2022.