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Vestas’ annual global order intake record broken

According to Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, a late flurry of turbine purchase agreements (TPAs) from around the world at the end of 2018 meant the company’s global order intake for the year has now surpassed 12GW.

The company announced more than 2.3GW of orders between December 19 and January 1 for projects in Australia, China and the US, as well as in several other global markets. In doing so, Vestas also surpassed its record order intake of 11,176MW last year.

Vestas received orders from:

  • John Laing Group for its 58MW Cherry Tree wind farm in Victoria Australia. The project will feature 16 V136-3.45MW turbines delivered in 3.6MW Power Optimised Mode. Commercial operation is expected to start in the first half of 2019;
  • Bright Energy Investments, a joint venture of Western Australian electricity generator and retailer Synergy, global infrastructure investment fund DIF and Austalian industry superannuation fund CBUS for the 184MW Warradarge wind farm in mid-Western Australia. Vestas will supply 51 of its V136-3.45MW turbines delivered in 3.6MW Power Optimised Mode with hub heights of 84m to maximise performance. Commercial operations expected to start in the first half of 2019;
  • Taiwanese engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider Star Energy Corporation for five V105-3.45MW turbines delivered in 3.6MW Power Optimised Mode. Installation of the wind farm in Changhua, along Taiwan’s west coast, is due to start in the second half of 2019;
  • Chinese power company State Power Investment Corporation for 19MW of turbines from its 4MW platform. Installation and commissioning of the unspecified project are expected in the third quarter of the year;
  • Renewable energy developer Hanas for 200MW of turbines from its 2MW platform for the Fengjigou project in northerly Ningxia province. Installation and commissioning of the unspecified project are expected in the fourth quarter of 2019;
  • Two undisclosed customers in the US for 22MW and 40MW of turbine components qualifying for 60 per cent of the production tax credits (PTC). The unnamed projects will be completed by the end of 2022; and
  • A third undisclosed customer in the US for 202MW of its turbines. Vestas will provide 56 of its V136-3.45MW turbines delivered in 3.6MW Power Optimised Mode. The turbines’ 112m-high towers and tip heights of 180m will make them the tallest in the country, according to Vestas. Deliveries will begin in the third quarter of 2019 and commissioning is scheduled by the end of the year.
  • MidAmerican Energy also confirmed an order for 61 Vestas’ V110-2.0MW turbines (combined capacity of 122MW) for the 2GW Wind XI project in Iowa 122MW. Delivery is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2019 and commissioning to follow in the fourth quarter. Vestas had signed a conditional agreement with MidAmerican to supply up to 1,000 V110-2.0 turbines for the Iowan cluster, but Siemens Gamesa have also secured contracts for 77MW.
  • Phoenix Wind Repower for 359MW of its V110-2.2MW turbines at the Trinity Hills (225MW), Sherbino Mesa II (150MW) and Silver Star (60MW) wind farms, replacing the existing Clipper turbines.
  • Unspecified developers for 328MW of turbines from its 4MW platform for several wind farms in Norway. Installation is expected to start in 2020 or 2021;
  • Fred Olsen Renewables for 25 V150-4.2MW turbines for the Hogalind project in Sweden. Deliveries are expected to start in the second quarter of 2019, with commissioning to follow in the third quarter of the year;
  • DTEK Renewables for 99MW of turbines from its 4MW platform delivered in 3.8MW mode for the Orlovka wind farm in Ukraine. The project will be built in the Zaphorizhia region in the south of the country. Delivery is expected to start in the first quarter of 2019 and commissioning is scheduled for the fourth quarter;
  • The joint venture of Russian technology giant Rusnano and Finnish developer Fortum for the 198MW Kamensko-Krasnosulinsky project. The wind farm will be located in the Rostov region in the south west of the country and will comprise of 52 V126-5.45MW turbines delivered in 3.8MW Power Optimised Mode. Delivery and installation is planned for the fourth quarter of 2019;
  • An undisclosed developer for 30 V126-3.45MW turbines to be installed at Sri Lanka’s first large-scale wind farm. Construction of the 104MW Mannar Island wind farm is expected to start in the first quarter of 2019 and the project is due to be completed in the third quarter of 2020;
  • PGE for 88MW across two projects the Polish state utility was awarded in the country’s renewable energy action in November. The 22MW Karnice II and 66MW Starza Rybice projects will feature 10 V110-2.2MW and 30 V100-2.0MW turbines respectively. Delivery is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2019 and commissioning is planned for the fourth quarter fo 2019;
  • Italian developer Sardeolica for a 32MW expansion of the 96MW Ulassai wind farm in Sardinia. Vestas will add nine V117-3.45MW turbines delivered in 3.6MW Power Optimised Mode. To accommodate the site’s specific wind conditions and maximise energy production, six of the new turbines will have hub heights of 91.5m and the other three will have hub heights of 116.5m. Delivery is expected in the second quarter of 2019 and commissioning in the following quarter;
  • Brazilian developer Casa dos Ventos for the 151MW Folha Larga site in the country’s northeastern state of Bahia. Vestas will supply 36 of its V150-4.2MW turbines and manufacture components locally to comply with the Brazilian Development Bank’s Finame II rules. The regulations require local content to account for 70 per cent of hub, nacelle, tower and blade manufacturing. Delivery is planned for the first quarter of 2020 and commissioning by the end of the second quarter of the same year.