Wind energy in Uruguay: Vestas receives 50 MW wind farm order

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order of 15 wind turbines V117-3.3 MW for the Florida II wind power project in Uruguay’s department of Florida.

The order is placed by Glymont S.A., a project company jointly owned by Akuo Energy and Eurus Energy America, and comprises 15 V117-3.3 MW turbines, which are well-suited for the medium and low-wind sites with high turbulence found in Uruguay’s Florida department.

The agreement includes the supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, a 10-year Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 service agreement to maximise energy production, and Vestas’ Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor data on wind turbine performance and ensure electricity output is constantly optimised.

Wind turbine delivery is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2016, with commissioning expected for the third quarter of 2016. The project is an extension of the Florida I wind farm, which Akuo Energy S.A.S. developed two years ago. Underlining Vestas’ ability to deliver projects in emerging wind energy markets, the project will add to the 311 MW Vestas has already installed in Uruguay.  The electricity generated by Florida II will be directly purchased by UTE, Uruguay’s state-owned grid operator.

“Florida II will be Akuo’s third wind project in Uruguay, resulting in a total installed capacity of 142 MW, making us one of the three largest independent power producers in the country. Both Akuo and Eurus are pleased to partner with Vestas and are confident that its cutting-edge technologies and expertise will help us maximise the production of this wind power plant”, says Eric Scotto, CEO and co-founder of Akuo Energy.

Marco Graziano, President of Vestas Mediterranean, states that “Uruguay is taking sound measures to almost triple its use of wind power and we are pleased to partner with Glymont S.A. to contribute to the developing of wind power in the country”.