Wind energy Vestas secures service contract renewal in the USA

Vestas has secured a service-contract extension for 10 years from EDP Renewables NA for the Blue Canyon I and II wind farm plants near Carnegie, Okla.

Blue Canyon I includes 45 Vestas model NM72 wind turbines at 1.65 MW each which began producing energy in 2003. Blue Canyon II consists of 84 V80-1.8 MW wind turbines that were completed in 2005. Combined, the two wind farm sites total 225 MW and is Oklahoma’s largest wind farm.

“We are pleased to continue our strong partnership with EDP Renewables,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. “The service contract ensures job stability for about 25 Vestas employees in Oklahoma who provide maintenance for these turbines.”

Under the agreements, Vestas will provide a full range of services to maximize the energy production of the wind turbines. The contract includes Vestas’ Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 service option. AOM 4000 guarantees a defined turbine availability and productivity, and ensures the highest possible output at all times. The services also consist of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance as well as replacement of major components and spare parts. The wind turbines at Blue Canyon I and II produce enough energy for about 61,000 homes in Oklahoma each year.

Vestas is the world leader in supplying high-tech wind power systems, and the preferred provider of wind turbines, services and solutions in North America. Since 1979, Vestas has supplied more than 43,000 wind turbines in 66 countries. Vestas sold its first wind turbine in North America in 1981 and since has supplied more than 11,000 wind turbines to the United States and more than 1,000 to Canada.

The company’s North American manufacturing operations are based in Colorado. This includes a blade factory in Windsor, a nacelle factory in Brighton and a tower factory — the world’s largest — in Pueblo. Vestas also has research and development offices in Texas, Massachusetts and Colorado. Vestas’ global headquarters is in Randers, Denmark.