Vestas China?s strong capabilities attract new partner (49 MW, 25 wind turbines)

Vestas, the global wind energy leader, has received an order of 49 MW from Master Investment Company Ltd, which is a new customer for Vestas and a new entrant to the Chinese wind power industry in the wind-abundant province Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (NHAR).

With this customer, Vestas has once again initiated a new partnership with a customer that is dedicated to delivering clean, sustainable energy based on industry-leading wind technology.

The order for the wind farm consists of 25 units of the V90 wind turbines, of which Vestas has sold more than 2,500 worldwide. The contract includes towers, delivery, transportation, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution and a two-year service and maintenance agreement.

This solution includes an extensive range of monitoring and control functions allowing the wind park to be controlled in the same way as a conventional power plant. In this way, customers have full control of power production as well as full overview of the operational status of each individual wind turbine, which is very important in relation to servicing of the wind turbines and sophisticated management of large scale wind power plants.

“Building on the efforts we have put into developing a strong base in China over the past few years, we are very pleased to see that companies entering the wind energy business are aware of the quality level of the products and services Vestas can offer,” says Jens Tommerup, President of Vestas China.

“Master Investment Company, which is a large influential entity in Ningxia, has chosen Vestas because of our strong technical capabilities in wind turbine siting and due to the quality of our products. With our build-up in China, we now have a strong Wind & Site team in China which is an important capability for us and a valuable service we can provide our customers. We are very pleased that Master Investment Company recognises this value we provide.”

The site of the wind farm project is in Yanchi, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, and the wind turbines are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2010.

As of 31 December 2009, Vestas had an accumulated installed capacity of more than 2,000 MW in China, which makes Vestas one of the largest players in the Chinese wind energy market.

Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by more than 40 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence.

Vestas is the world leader in wind technology, with a history of technological innovation and over 30 years of experience in developing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining wind turbines. Vestas was a pioneer in the wind industry and started to manufacture wind turbines in 1979. In 1987, the company began to concentrate exclusively on wind energy.

Vestas was the first wind turbine company to enter the Chinese market when it installed the first turbines in Shandong and Hainan in 1986. Vestas has installed wind turbines in thirteen provinces in China and is among the biggest accumulated suppliers of wind turbines in China.

Vestas has five factories in Tianjin, a sales office in Beijing, a new factory in Hohhot, a procurement office in Shanghai, and is currently commissioning a new foundry in Xuzhou. By the end of 2009, Vestas had invested more than three billion RMB in China and 3,000 employees committed to providing wind energy solutions to Vestas’ customers and partners in China. This is a concrete sign of our confidence in the Chinese wind energy sector.

Vestas is working hard to build up a strong value chain in China that can fully support the construction of wind turbines from its factories in China. Every year, Vestas improves its Chinese sourcing capabilities; the aim is to have 100 per cent Chinese-made content. Vestas is known for its industry-leading product quality; all of its suppliers in China are part of a partnership designed to increase product quality and performance and enable suppliers to become globally-competitive.

As the global leader in wind energy, Vestas is committed to helping develop China’s wind energy sector. Vestas is eager to share our 30 years of industry experience and expertise with China.