In partnership with Mercury, Vestas has secured a 43 MW order for the Kaiwera Downs wind farm in New Zealand. The project will feature ten 4.3 MW V136-4.2 MW wind turbines in operational mode that Vestas will supply and install.
Upon completion, Vestas will deliver a 30-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service and maintenance agreement to optimize power output, while providing Mercury with long-term business case certainty for the wind farm.
“We are pleased that Vestas and Mercury’s portfolio continues to expand in New Zealand’s promising renewable energy market. The Kaiwera Downs Wind Farm reinforces our common vision of decarbonising New Zealand’s energy grid together,” said Jan-Daniel Kämmer, Vice President of Sales for Vestas Australia and New Zealand.
“As the world’s largest installer and maintainer of wind power, Vestas is proud that valued customers like Mercury continue to choose our leading technology and capabilities in construction, network integration and services,” said Danny Nielsen, Senior Vice President and Country Manager, Vestas. . Australia and New Zealand. “Kaiwera Downs Wind Farm will build on our current Australian and New Zealand installed base of nearly 5 GW, allowing us to continue to deliver our best energy solutions for our customers and local communities.”
While it features the largest rotor diameter in New Zealand, it is also the first wind project to be built in the South Island since 2015 and will be Mercury’s first wind project since Turitea Wind Farm was announced in 2019, which is also a partnership with Vestas.
Delivery of the Vestas turbines is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2023 with commissioning to begin in the third quarter of 2023.