Vestas bags 381 MW of wind turbine deals for US, Japanese projects

The V136-3.45 MW turbine. Source: Vestas Wind Systems (www.vestas.com).

July 1 (Renewables Now) - Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) has been contracted to deliver equipment for 381 MW of projects in the US and Japan, the Danish wind turbine maker said on Thursday.

The largest order in the bundle was placed by Omega Energia and is tied for its 266-MW Goodnight I wind project in the state of Texas. The deal calls for Vestas to supply and commission 59 units of its V136-4.5 MW machines and also service the hardware under a 30-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) agreement. The Danish firm expects to start delivering the turbines in the second quarter of 2023 and bring them online in the closing quarter of the same year.

Also in the US, Vestas has been contracted by Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to supply 86 MW of turbines for the repowering of the Solano Wind Project Phase 4 wind farm in California. The plant’s existing V47-660 kW turbines will be replaced by 19 V150-4.5 MW ones so as to lift the overall capacity of the Solano wind farm cluster to 300 MW.

Vestas’ scope of work covers the full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) activities, turbine delivery, installation and commissioning. A 10-year AOM 5000 service agreement is also part of the deal. The Danish firm will start supplying the equipment in the last quarter of 2023 and commission the plant in the second quarter of 2024.

The two US orders come on the heels of Vestas’ announcement for the sale of its 183-MW Delta wind project in Mississippi to US power generation group AES Corp (NYSE:AES). The transaction, unveiled on Thursday, aligns with the firm’s efforts to expand its footprint in renewable energy development and unlock new US markets.

Meanwhile in Japan, Vestas has won an order from civil engineering group Shimizu Corporation (TYO:1803) to equip a 29-MW wind project owned by GF Corporation and JR East Energy Development Co Ltd. The so-called Makikawa Masaki wind farm in Ehime prefecture will utilise eight V105-3.45 MW wind turbines in a 3.6 MW operating mode.

The machines will be shipped in the first quarter of 2025 and put on stream in the last quarter of the same year. Vestas will oversee their operations under a 20-year service contract.

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