Vestas inks South American contracts

Source: press release, 29 December 2021

Introduced in 2019, with the launch of V150-5.6 MW and V162-5.6 MW, the EnVentus platform architecture connects proven system designs from the 2 MW platform, 4 MW platform and 9 MW platform turbine technology (photo: Vestas)
Introduced in 2019, with the launch of V150-5.6 MW and V162-5.6 MW, the EnVentus platform architecture connects proven system designs from the 2 MW platform, 4 MW platform and 9 MW platform turbine technology (photo: Vestas)

Vestas has signed an agreement with Pampa Energia for the 81 MW De la Bahia II project, close to Bahia Blanca city in the Province of Buenos Aires in Argentina. With this extension of the De la Bahia wind park that has been in operation since 2019, the wind complex’ combined capacity will reach a total of 187 MW.

The order includes 18 V150-4.5 MW turbines as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service contract, optimising the energy production for the lifetime of the project.

“Vestas is pleased to grow our partnership with Pampa Energia, the leading independent and energy integrated company in Argentina. We are certain that the reliability and competitiveness of the 4 MW platform combined with the 20-year service agreement, designed to ensure optimised performance of the assets, will provide Pampa Energía with long-term certainty and optimise their business case,” says Eduardo Ricotta, President of Vestas Latin America.

“The important expansion that the company will carry out in this site will be of great value for the generation of clean energy. Through this investment, Pampa Energía reinforces its commitment to the sustainable production of energy resources and the revaluation of caring for the environment,” says Marcelo Mindlin, Chairman at Pampa Energía.

The delivery of wind turbines is planned for the third quarter of 2022, with commissioning scheduled for the second quarter of 2023.

Vestas and Pampa Energía S.A., besides the De la Bahia cluster, have previously developed the 100 MW Mario Cebreiro wind park in the same region and in operation since 2018.

With this new order, Vestas consolidates its leading position in Argentina with a market share of more than 50% of the 1.5 GW fleet in operation.

430 MW multibrand service agreement in Brazil
Leveraging its industry-leading service capabilities, Vestas has secured a multibrand service agreement in Brazil for the maintenance of the 430 MW Alto Sertão III wind complex, composed of 24 wind parks in Bahia, from Renova Energia.

Vestas will deliver a long-term service agreement (AOM 2000) for the operation and maintenance of 155 Alstom ECO 100, 110 and 122 wind turbines. The contract is designed to ensure sustained performance through regular preventive maintenance of the asset over the next 10 years.

“Multibrand service deals demonstrate how Vestas can leverage our global footprint, market experience, broad service solutions and extensive supply chain to provide value for our customers throughout the wind park lifecycle – whether that is for service of Vestas turbines or third-party technology,” says Eduardo Ricotta, President of Vestas Latin America. “Now, under a Vestas service contract, we will be able to strengthen and optimise the projects’ energy production and provide long-term business certainty for Renova Energia.”

“Renova Energia is pleased to appoint Vestas as its long-term maintenance services provider for the 155 turbines at our Alto Sertão III, Phase A complex,” says Ricardo Lira, COO of Renova Energia.

To secure this order, Vestas has leveraged its industry-leading service footprint to deliver another multibrand service contract in Brazil, adding to the more than 500 MW multibrand turbines already under Vestas service in the country. Currently, Vestas services more than 123 GW of wind turbines, including more than 8 GW non-Vestas turbines, across more than 30 non-Vestas turbine models in 25 countries and more than 300 sites.