Vestas in 110MW Chile wind energy deal

Vestas has received a 109.6 MW order for Chile.

The project, which will be Vestas’ largest in Chile, consists of 22 V100-1.8 MW and 35 V100-2.0 MW wind turbines, which will be installed in Coquimbo region, Chile. The turbines are scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2013, and the wind power plant is expected to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2014.

The contract for the Los Cururos wind power plant comprises delivery, installation and commissioning of the turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system as well as a 10-year Active Management Output (AOM) 4000 service agreement.

The order has been placed by Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM), a Colombian multi-utility focusing on power generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, wastewater treatment and telecommunications. The company’s power segment has an installed base of 3,250 MW, equal to 23.5 per cent of the national installed capacity.

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order for 57 V100 wind turbines for Chile.

For our second wind power plant, we have chosen Vestas for its thirty-year experience, global track record and vast regional presence,” comments Juan Esteban Calle Restrepo, CEO of Empresas Públicas de Medellín, who continues, ”we are pleased with this new partnership and looking forward to a solid, mutually beneficial relationship with Vestas.”

For us, this project represents our will to continue developing large wind power plants in South America over the next few years. As a pioneer developing the wind energy sector in this market, Vestas offers Empresas Públicas de Medellín more than 30 years of experience and world-leading wind turbine technology and services, making a clearly successful business case,” comments Juan Araluce, Chief Sales Officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

Miguel Picardo Troyano, VP Vestas South America (exc. Brazil), states: “Vestas is continuously looking for opportunities to be closer to the customers and to effectively adopt new products for the different markets. This project represents a step forward in Vestas’ expansion in South America, and specifically in Chile where we have installed more than 50 per cent of its more than 200 MW of wind capacity.”

The Los Cururos wind power plant will have an estimated annual production of more than 290,000 MWh, which will save the environment from more than 119,000 tons of CO2 emissions on an annual basis. Furthermore, it will provide enough electricity to cover the residential electricity consumption of more than 550,500 people in Chile.

Vestas receives its largest order ever in Chile and strengthens its No. 1 position in the market.

Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas’ around 49,000 wind turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by over 60 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence.

Today, Vestas has delivered wind energy in 73 countries, providing jobs for around 18,000 passionate people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. With about 62 per cent more megawatts installed than our closest competitor and more than 55 GW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is the world leader in wind energy.

Customer: Empresas Públicas de Medellín E.S.P., Colombia
Project name: Los Cururos
Location/Country: Chile
Number of MW: 109.6 MW
Number of turbines/turbine type(s): 22 x V100-1.8 MW and 35 x V100-2.0 MW
Contract type: Turnkey
Contract scope: The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, civil and electrical works, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution as well as a 10-year AOM 4000 service agreement.
Time of delivery: Delivery of the wind turbines will begin in the third quarter of 2013 and the wind power plant is expected commissioned by the third quarter of 2014.

Total year-to-date announced order intake in MW: 814 MW.