Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) has secured a 53-MW repowering order for two wind farms in Italy.
The company will supply and install 16 V112-3.3 MW turbines, which will replace 59 units of third-party 600-kW turbines at the Castiglione Messer Marino and Schiavi d'Abruzzo wind parks in the Abruzzo region in central Italy. Vestas said the orders, coming from E2i Energie Speciali Srl and Edison/EDF group, underline the growing significance of repowering in the industry.
"Replacing old machines with fewer, taller and especially more modern units with increased reliability and higher electricity production is one of the main targets of our company," said Alberto Musso of E2i Energie Speciali.
The turbines are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2018 and to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of that year.
The projects result from Italy's 2016 and latest auction, and bring Vestas' announced orders in Italy this year to 169 MW, the company said.