Vestas has received a wind energy order for 20 V126-3.3 MW wind turbines for the Suloglu wind farm in Edirne, in western Turkey, for a total capacity of 66 MW.
The order was placed by Steag GmbH, one of Germany’s largest electricity producers. The contract includes supply, installation, and commissioning of the wind turbines. The contract also includes a 10-year full-scope AOM 4000 (Active Output Management) service and availability agreement to maximize the wind turbines’ performance and bolster the customer’s business case certainty.
With its structural shell blades and a hub height of 117 meters, the V126-3.3MW is specifically designed to capture the full potential of low-wind sites. This is the first project in Turkey to utilize the V126-3.3 MW turbine and the fourth order Vestas has announced this year in Turkey.
The wind turbines are scheduled to be delivered during the second quarter of 2015, with the power plant expected to be fully operational in the fourth quarter of 2015. Once completed, the Suloglu wind power plant will have a total estimated annual production of approximately 234,000 MWh, which will save the environment from over 107,600 tons of CO2 emissions on an annual basis. It will provide enough electricity to cover the residential electricity consumption of more than 40,000 people in Turkey.
According to Marco Graziano, President of Vestas Mediterranean, “This project strengthens our position in Turkey and confirms our forward momentum in one of Vestas’ key markets. The Suloglu wind power plant marks another important milestone in Turkey’s developing wind energy market as well as our strong partnership with Steag GmbH.”
Vestas has been operating in Turkey since 1984 when it installed the country’s first wind turbine. As of June 2014, Vestas has delivered 724 MW of wind power capacity to Turkey. In January 2008, Vestas established an office in Istanbul and has three warehouses and service locations in the country. Vestas has developed a top-class local value chain in Turkey – contributing to local jobs and local competencies and to the development of a strong network of local suppliers which can deliver components, products, spare parts and services.
Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas’ more than 52,000 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 installed turbines in 73 countries, providing jobs for approximately 17,500 passionate people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. With 52 per cent more megawatts installed than our closest competitor and more than 62 GW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is the world leader in wind energy.