Danish turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) has secured orders totalling 712 MW for onshore wind projects in Chile, Russia, Egypt and China, it announced in a series of press releases on Wednesday.
The largest of the four contracts by capacity were awarded in Russia and Egypt, with customers in each market placing orders for 252 MW of turbines.
In Russia, Wind Energy Development Fund (WEDF), jointly owned by Finnish utility Fortum Oyj (HEL:FORTUM) and Russian nanotechnology company Rusnano, ordered turbines for five wind farm projects in the Volgograd and Astrakhan region.
The contract represents the sixth order signed under an earlier framework agreement with Vestas.
The five projects will feature turbines of the V126-4.2 MW model with 87-metre towers, which Vestas expects to deliver in the third quarter of 2021. Commissioning is planned to take place in the following quarter that year.
The second 252-MW order will go Egypt for the Gulf of Suez I wind project promoted by the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA).
The European Investment Bank, the European Commission, German development bank KfW and French development agency AFD will be jointly financing the undertaking.
Under the contract, Vestas will supply and install 70 units of V105-3.45 MW turbines in 3.6-MW power optimised mode and service the project for three years.
The Gulf of Suez I wind farm is planned to commence operation in 2023.
Vestas also confirmed getting the turbine order from Mainstream Renewable Power for the 109-MW Ckani wind project in Chile, which the Irish developer about a month ago.
Ckani is one of three wind projects that Mainstream developed as part of the second phase of its 1.3-GW Andes Renovables wind and solar platform in the South American country.
Vestas’ contract includes the supply and installation of 26 pieces of V150-4.2 MW turbine and operation and maintenance (O&M) services of the wind farm for 20 years.
The Ckani wind farm is expected to reach commercial operation in 2021.
In China, the turbine maker booked a 99-MW order from an undisclosed customer. The unnamed project will use 30 units of V155-3.3 MW turbines. The order includes a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement.
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