Vestas has signed a 32 MW wind energy contract for the extension of the Ulassai wind farm in Italy that takes Vestas’ global order intake in 2018 to 12,014 MW, clearly passing 2017’s record order intake of 11,176 MW.
The 2018 order intake is based on announced orders in all four quarters of 2018 as well as unannounced orders in the first three quarters of the year. Unannounced MW of orders received in the fourth quarter of 2018 will be disclosed in the annual report in February 2019.
The order is placed by Sardeolica S.r.L. and includes the supply and installation of nine V117-3.45 MW wind turbines delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimised Mode, adding to the 48 V80-2.0 MW wind turbines already installed on the site. To accommodate the site’s specific wind conditions and maximise energy production, six of the new wind turbines will have a hub height of 91.5m whilst the other three will be 116.5m.
With this new contract, the long-term partnership between Vestas and Sardeolica continues to evolve and now, totals 128 MW of wind energy projects in Italy.
“This is Vestas’ first contract outside the auctions systems in Italy and therefore showcases, once again, the competitiveness and efficiency of wind energy. Since 2012, when the country held its first auction, Vestas has achieved more than 1 GW in order intake derived from auction-wins in Italy. In this regard, this new contract represents a great step on the country’s transition towards renewable energy and we are so proud to be part of this milestone,” says Rainer Karan, General Manager of Vestas Mediterranean Eastern Cluster.
Wind turbines delivery is planned for the second quarter of 2019 whilst commissioning is expected by the third quarter of the same year.
Since installing its first wind turbine in Italy in 1991, Vestas has led the country’s wind power industry with more than 4 GW capacity installed, being the main contributor to the expansion of wind energy in Italy with a 40 percent market share.