EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) has placed an order for nine V105-3.45 MW turbines, confirming the competitiveness of the 3 MW platform in the UK. The order is part of a new Master Supply Agreement (MSA) signed between EDF EN and Vestas.
Vestas has received a 31-MW order for the Beck Burn wind project in northwest England. Building on the proven 3-MW platform design and the versatility of Vestas’ product portfolio, the V105-3.45 MW turbines are optimized to meet the demanding UK tip-height restrictions.
This order is part of a new Master Supply Agreement (MSA), structured as a share-of-wallet agreement. As such, EDF EN is set to purchase a minimum of 45% of its future onshore wind installations in Europe and a minimum of 30% of its future onshore wind installations in the U.S. from Vestas for deliveries in 2016 to 2019.
“EDF Energies Nouvelles has plans to significantly grow its wind asset base,” said Antoine Cahuzac, CEO of EDF Energies Nouvelles. “This long-term agreement will help us in reaching our goals as it offers the opportunity to secure flexibility and cost-efficiency for a lot of our upcoming wind projects. We do appreciate that Vestas operates in most of EDF Energies Nouvelles’ targeted countries.”
The 31-MW Beck Burn order includes supply, installation, and commissioning of the wind turbines. as well as a Service and Availability Agreement (AOM 4000). Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.
“We’re very happy to receive this UK order for the V105-3.45 MW turbine,” said President of Vestas Northern Europe, Klaus Steen Mortensen. “This is the first time we are awarded a V105 project in the UK, and this once again emphasizes the competitiveness and flexibility of our 3-MW platform in a market typically dominated by height restrictions and less efficient technologies. Both the 31-MW order and the frame agreement are the result of a close collaboration and a strong track record between EDF EN and Vestas.”
The MSA includes a VestasOnline Business SCADA system and the option of establishing several schemes of service and maintenance contracts in different countries in close partnership with EDF EN.