Vestas signs wind energy order for 77 MW in Argentina

Vestas has signed an agreement for 77 MW in Argentina. The wind power order comprises 43 V90-1.8 MW wind turbines for the Rawson I wind farm and Rawson II wind farm both located in the outskirts of Rawson, Chubut province, Argentina.

The order, signed under the National and International Public Tender N° EE 01/2009, includes delivery, transportation, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system and a 5-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery of the turbines is expected to start in the first half of 2011 and to be completed in January 2012.

The wind energy order has been placed by Emgasud S.A., an Argentinean company providing services for power generation, distribution and transportation of natural gas. Furthermore, Emgasud is the main investor in renewable energy projects in the country.

"Emgasud is fully committed to contribute to the diversification of Argentina’s energy mix and to continuously protect the environment. Therefore, the company has decided to invest in the development of renewable energy projects and to acquire state of the art technology for its wind power plants,” says Alejandro Ivanisevich, President of Emgasud S.A. and he adds: “We are confident that the technology, the products and the solutions acquired from Vestas for our wind power plants in Rawson will allow us to meet the highest standards and quality requirements.”

“This new project in Argentina represents one step ahead in our current expansion in Latin America,” says Juan Araluce, President of Vestas Mediterranean and he adds: “This agreement shows that Argentina is really committed to the development of renewable energy and to wind energy, in particular, and it is a pleasure for Vestas to play a key role in this process. We are very pleased to announce that Emgasud has chosen Vestas as supplier for their very first wind projects, and we hope this is the beginning of a long-term relationship with a company that is deeply committed to the development of wind energy and renewable energy, in general.”

The above-mentioned wind power plants will produce more than 320 GWh per year, which corresponds to an annual emission saving of 100,000 tons of CO2. Furthermore, the annual production of 320 GWh per year corresponds to the annual residential electricity consumption of 150,000 households in Argentina.

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 region, Middle East, Latin America, Caribbean as well as approximately 70 per cent of the African continent. As of 30 June 2010, this Sales Business Unit delivered a cumulative capacity of 9,200 MW and it had a workforce of 2,900 highly skilled and fully committed employees in the Mediterranean area including production capabilities in Italy and Spain.