Vestas wind energy secures 10-year service renewal for 27 MW wind power plant in Canada

Elemental Energy renews service contract for Fermeuse wind farm in Newfoundland, a 27 MW site utilising Vestas V90-3.0 MW wind turbines.

Vestas has signed an agreement with Elemental Energy for a 10-year AOM 4000 service agreement renewal that covers the 27 MW Fermeuse wind power plant in Newfoundland, Canada. The project features nine V90-3.0 MW turbines and was commissioned in 2009. Vestas has conducted service on the site since installation.

AOM (Active Output Management) 4000 is an energy-based availability guarantee that ensures the turbines are operational when the wind is blowing. This service option includes the VestasOnline® surveillance system that remotely controls and monitors the turbines and minimizes lost production by predicting when maintenance may be required.

”We have been extremely pleased with the entire Vestas team and the overall performance of the wind plant. The Canadian east coast regional staff has worked above and beyond the call of duty on numerous occasions over the last five years and has given us a great degree of confidence that our asset is being well-managed and well-maintained. We have great expectations going forward and we are certain that they will be fulfilled,” says Ron Hankewich, Vice President, Corporate Development, Elemental Energy.

“This service contract renewal is another customer vote of confidence in Vestas’ service and maintenance capabilities, illustrating our support for our customers’ long-term asset management strategies” notes Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada.  He continues: “Our dedicated service team has worked hard to optimize the performance of the Fermeuse wind power plant. We have been able to tailor our service schedule to ensure planned maintenance on low-wind days, which contributes to a world-class Lost Production Factor (LPF*) well below 2%.

Since 1979, Vestas has supplied more than 51,000 wind turbines and over 60 GW in 73 countries – 52 percent more than its closest competitor. Vestas entered the U.S. market in 1981, selling its first wind turbine for a project in California. Since then, the company has delivered 12,616 turbines to the United States and 1,611 to Canada. Combined, Vestas’ installed capacity is 14,212 MW in 28 U.S. states and every Canadian province – enough to power about four million households. Vestas employs about 16,600 people worldwide including about 2,500 throughout the United States and Canada at service and construction sites, sales offices, and at four manufacturing facilities in Colorado. Vestas’ U.S. and Canadian sales and service headquarters is in Portland, Oregon.