Vestas has received a 56 MW order from Statkraft Ireland to power the Cushaling wind project in Ireland. The order includes a total of nine V162-6.2 MW wind turbines at a tip height of 185 metres in counties Offaly and Kildare.
This is the first order of Vestas’ V162-6.2 MW in Ireland featuring the largest rotor diameter of any wind turbine on the island. The order includes supply, installation, and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a 35-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, designed to ensure optimised performance of the asset.
“Vestas is thrilled to deliver its first V162-6.2 MW turbines to Ireland which is a perfect fit to the Irish Midlands and also leverages the versatility and strong performance of the EnVentus platform technology, Vestas’ next generation in the evolution of wind turbine,” says Juan Furones, Vice President Sales for Northern and Central Europe at Vestas. “Our thanks goes to Statkraft Ireland for their trust in us which is also reflected in a long-term 35-year service contract. Driven by the mutual interest of all stakeholders to accelerate the energy transition in Ireland, this project will support the country’s ambition of a more decarbonised economy.”
Kevin O’Donovan, Managing Director of Statkraft Ireland, says, “We are delighted that the installation of the V162-6.2 MW turbine in Cushaling Wind Farm will be a first for the island of Ireland. These will be the largest turbines to be used in any wind project in the country and Cushaling will be the site of the first Vestas V162.”
“Ambitious projects deploying the very latest in turbine technology can help deliver affordable, clean energy to customers while simultaneously reducing Ireland’s reliance on imported fossil fuels. Every additional wind energy project means a reduction in the amount of coal and gas we need to generate electricity,” O’Donovan adds.
The delivery and installation of the wind turbines are expected to occur in the first quarter of 2024 with the commissioning scheduled for the second quarter of 2024.