Wind energy in Spain: Vestas receives its first V100-2.0 MW wind turbines order

Vestas has received its first V100-2.0 MW turbine order from Eyra Instalaciones y Servicios for the Valcaire wind power plant to be installed close to Granada, Spain. The eight units of the V100-2.0 MW with a total capacity of 16 MW will be delivered to the site during the second half of 2012 and the wind power plant is expected to be commissioned by the end of the same year.

The contract includes delivery, transportation, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution, as well as a 5-year service and maintenance AOM 4000 agreement (Active Output Management). The AOM 4000 is a full-scope service contract, consisting of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and consumables, which offers solid risk management for customers, who want an availability guarantee measured against an agreed threshold. This type of contract offers customers assured performance avoiding unforeseen operational costs of any kind.

Eyra Instalaciones y Servicios is the ACS Group’s company dedicated to the promotion, construction, operation and maintenance of renewable energy generating plants, particularly wind power plants and thermal solar plants. The ACS Group is a worldwide player dedicated to energy and infrastructure development.

Eyra Instalaciones y Servicios has installed more than 244 MW of Vestas wind power plants.

"We have been working with Vestas for several years and they have proven to be a strong and reliable technology and service partner, who has been able to support us through the entire process, offering us confidence and business case certainty. We are glad to have them on board for this new project," comments José Luis Martínez Dalmau, General Manager of Eyra Instalaciones y Servicios.

Miguel Picardo, General Manager, Vestas Iberia (Spain & Portugal) and Vestas Brazil, comments: "It is an honour for us to be chosen, once again, by Eyra Instalaciones y Servicios for the Valcaire project. The company has proved one more time that they are a frontrunner in developing wind power in Spain and we are pleased with our partnership with Eyra. We look forward to a continued close cooperation."

"We are pleased to announce this very first V100-2.0 MW order in Spain," states Juan Araluce, Chief Sales Officer, Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Acting President, Vestas Mediterranean, and continues: "With a market-leading track record of the 2 MW platform, best-ever performance and improved grid compliance, the new V100-2.0 MW turbine is in a class of its own – ensuring the best business case certainty for our customers."

Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. In Q1 2012, the company reached a significant milestone: 50 GW of global installed capacity, amounting to more than 46,000 wind turbines currently reducing carbon emissions by approximately 55 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence. Today, Vestas has installed turbines in 69 countries, and for our own operations alone, we provide jobs for over 20,000 passionate people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world.

Vestas has operated in Spain since the 80’ies. As of 31 December 2011, Vestas has delivered to the Spanish market 3,749 MW and has a workforce of more than 2,000 employees.

In Spain, Vestas has five production factories in Ciudad Real, León, Soria and Lugo for the production of nacelles, blades, hubs, control systems and generators. Besides, in the headquarters of Vestas Mediterranean in Madrid, Vestas has established a Performance & Diagnostic Centre and a Surveillance Centre monitoring and controlling 24/7 the more than 4,000 wind turbines operating in the Mediterranean region.

Vestas has also several service and maintenance centres in the Spanish territory and a spare parts and repair centre in Cataluña dedicated to servicing some main wind turbine components. In addition, the first prototype of the V112-3.0 MW turbine installed outside Denmark was established in Spain.