The order has been placed by Gestamp Wind, the wind energy division of Gestamp Renewables, specialized in the development, construction and operation of wind farms in the world’s leading wind energy markets.
The order comprises supply, delivery, installation, transportation and commissioning of the wind turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system, as well as a five-year service and availability agreement.
Delivery of the turbines is expected to start before the end of 2011 and the project is expected to be completed by the first half of 2012.
Javier Mateache, CEO of Gestamp Wind North America affirms: “We are pleased to award this project to Vestas, the world leader in wind technology and a trustworthy global partner with strong local presence. We are confident that the V100-1.8 MW turbine suits perfectly well the wind conditions in Puerto Rico and therefore the turbines will deliver as agreed, helping us maximizing the energy output and consequently capitalizing on our return on the investment.”
“We are very glad to support Gestamp Wind in building its first wind farm in Puerto Rico. Gestamp Wind is a very important customer for Vestas and we highly value our partnership,” says Adrian Katzew, Director of Vestas Mexico, Central America & Caribbean. He adds: “Vestas has been present in the Caribbean since 1991 and has the local knowledge, resources and capabilities needed to meet the highest standards and quality requirements for this project. We are confident we can further support the island in diversifying its energy mix and contribute to achieving the target of 15 per cent of renewable energy production by 2020 (ref. PRFAA – Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration).”
Juan Araluce, President of Vestas Mediterranean comments: “We are pleased to be chosen by Gestamp Wind for this project. This new order is a very important step for Vestas’ presence and further consolidation in the Caribbean area, a fast growing wind power market. We look forward to working with Gestamp Wind again to contribute to the company’s wind assets and secure their project’s return on the investment.”
The wind power plant of this order will produce approx 52 GWh per year, which corresponds to an annual emission saving of almost 34,000 tons of CO2 compared with average Puerto Rican electricity.
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 approx 70 per cent of the African continent. As of 31 December 2010, Vestas Mediterranean delivered a cumulative capacity close to 10 GW, representing 22.5 per cent of Vestas’ global capacity. Vestas employs a workforce of more than 3,000 highly skilled and fully committed employees in the Mediterranean area including production capabilities in Italy and Spain.
Vestas Mexico is the sales unit responsible for sales, installation and service and maintenance of wind turbines in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. As of 31 December 2010, Vestas has delivered to the region a total capacity of about 225 MW. Since 2010, Vestas Mexico counts with an office in Mexico City comprising all the value chain to serve its respective markets.