March 12 (Renewables Now) - US aluminium producer Alcoa Corp (NYSE:AA) has awarded Centrica plc (LON:CNA) a two-year contract for commercial services in support of a wind power purchase agreement (PPA) in Norway.
The UK energy company said today the contract involves the delivery of dynamic shaping and balancing services for power generation at the 197-MW Guleslettene wind park and power consumption at Alcoa’s plants in Norway.
“Teaming up with Centrica allows us to continuously balance the electricity flows from Guleslettene and consumption at our plants, as part of a holistic and sustainable electricity procurement strategy,” said Kai-Rune Heggland, VP of Alcoa Norway.
The wind farm in question, to be built north of the city of Floro, is planned to start work in late 2020. Alcoa will buy its full output under a 15-year corporate PPA with BlackRock Real Assets, which in 2018 agreed to acquire the wind project from developer Zephyr AS. In addition to the PPA, the park also has a power purchase guarantee with the Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency (GIEK).
Guleslettene will use 47 units of Vestas’ V136-4.2 MW turbines.