Vestas, a leading Danish manufacturer of wind turbines, recently signed a firm and unconditional order with Fila de Mogote, a subsidiary of US-based Hunt Energy Horizons (Hunt Oil), for the 21 MW Mogote wind power plant in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
According to a press release by Vestas, the company will supply and install seven V90-3.0 MW wind turbines at the Mogote wind farm to be constructed in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The wind power plant has an estimated annual production of 100 GW/h, which corresponds to the residential electricity consumption of approximately 140,000 people in Costa Rica.
The contract comprises supply and installation of the turbines and a 10-year full-scope Vestas Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement. Turbine delivery is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2015, with commissioning planned for the year end.
“Hunt Energy Horizons is excited to develop Costa Rica’s excellent wind resources, and providing ICE (the local utility) a sustainable and economic option to help meet the country’s growing electricity demand. We found in Vestas and its V90-3.0 turbine model the key factors needed for our Fila de Mogote wind project to be a great success”, says Hector Gutierrez, head of Business Development at Hunt Energy Horizons.
According the President of Vestas Mediterranean, Marco Graziano, “Costa Rica’s bet on wind energy is an important step in the fight against climate change in a country particularly endowed with a spectacular natural environment”. He adds that “Vestas has been present in Costa Rica since 1998, so we are confident we have the right capabilities to carry out this project successfully”.
Last year, Vestas announced a 21 MW order for the Tilawind wind power plant in Guanacaste, which will be soon under operation. Once Tilawind is fully operational, Vestas turbines will power four wind farms in Costa Rica, including Aeroenergía (6.7 MW), Tierras Morenas (24 MW) and Tejona (19.8 MW).