The order comprises wind turbine delivery, assembly, installation and commissioning, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution as well as a ten-year service and availability contract. Delivery is scheduled to start during the last quarter of 2010, and the wind farm project is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2011.
The order has been placed by LDV Sierra de Arcas, a privately-owned Spanish company, owned by the Enhol Group (66 per cent) and Orisol (34 per cent). Both organisations have a strong focus on the renewable energy sector.
“We are very proud to sign this contract for installation of the very first project in Spain – and in the Mediterranean region – with the new V100 platform, a highly efficient wind turbine for sites with low wind,” says Juan Araluce, President of Vestas Mediterranean adding that “this contract is an evidence of our customers’ trust in our new products.”
General Manager of Vestas Iberia, Miguel Picardo concludes, “The order is very important to us. We are very pleased to be seen as a reliable wind technology partner and to provide Vestas’ latest technology for this project, which we believe will deliver an excellent return on investment for our customer.”
Vestas in Spain
Vestas has been selling, supplying, installing and servicing wind power plants in Spain since the eighties. As of 31 December 2009, Vestas had delivered more than 2,600 wind turbines to the Spanish market, equivalent to 3,409 MW and had a staff of more than 1,700 in Spain.
In Spain alone, Vestas has four factories located in Ciudad Real, León, Soria and Lugo, which produce nacelles, blades, control systems and generators, respectively. At the Vestas Mediterranean head office in Madrid, we also run a Control Centre which covers performance and diagnostics (preventive maintenance) as well as surveillance (reactive maintenance) of almost 4,000 wind turbines in the Mediterranean area.
In addition, Vestas has recently established close to Barcelona, Spain, a new facility of Vestas Spare Parts & Repair for service and repair of wind turbine main components. The establishment of this new centre, which will serve the entire European market, is in line with Vestas’ strategy of being closer to the markets in which we operate in order to provide an even better and faster response to our customers. Furthermore, we have a significant number of logistics and service centres spread all around the country.
Vestas Mediterranean is one of the seven Sales Business Units in the Vestas Group and it manages all sales, construction and service operations in the countries of the Mediterranean area, Middle East, Latin America, Caribbean as well as approx 70 per cent of the African continent.
As of 31 December 2009, this Sales Business Unit delivered a cumulative wind energy capacity of 8,569 MW. In the Mediterranean region, Vestas has production facilities in Italy and Spain with a total workforce of 2,900 highly skilled and fully committed employees.