June 24 (Renewables Now) - Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) said Monday it will add 18 MW of wind turbines to the Mazara del Vallo wind farm in Sicily, Italy.
Vestas signed a contract with Italian operator VRG Wind 060 Srl to expand the wind farm, which has 48 MW of Senvion turbines installed at the site over a decade ago.
Under the contract, the Danish wind turbine maker will supply and install six V126-3.45 MW machines delivered in 3.0 MW Load Optimised Mode. Wind turbine delivery and commissioning are slated to take place during the fourth quarter of 2019.
As one of Italy's first merchant projects, the wind farm extension will sell electricity without any direct financial support.
Vestas has been present on the Italian market for close to three decades. During that period, the Danish company has installed more than 4 GW of wind capacity and achieved a 40% market share.