Vestas has received an order for delivery of a total capacity of 92 MW for two wind projects to be installed in Burgos, in the north of Spain. The order consists of two turnkey projects including civil and electrical works, supply, installation and commissioning of two projects comprising the following: 20 units of the V90-2.0 MW turbine with a 105-meter hub height for the Brulles wind power plant and 26 units of the V90-2.0 MW turbine with a 105-meter hub height for the Zapateros wind power plant. The contracts also include a VestasOnline Business SCADA system, a Condition Monitoring System, as well as a 12-year service agreement including the Active Output Management package ‘AOM4000’ for both wind projects.
The AOM 4000 is a full-scope service contract, consisting of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and consumables, which offers solid risk management for customers, who want an availability guarantee measured against an agreed threshold. This type of contract offers customers assured performance avoiding unforeseen operational costs of any kind. Delivery of the turbines for the Brulles and the Zapateros wind power plants is scheduled to start in Q3 2011 and the projects are expected to be completed in Q1 2012.
The order has been placed by BRULLES EOLICA S.L.U. and CYL ENERGIA EOLICA S.L.U., which both belong to VAPAT, a local company in Castilla Leon in Spain with extensive experience in wind energy projects. The company has been a pioneer in Europe within installation of wind power plants with the V90-2.0 MW turbines with of 105-meter hub height obtaining excellent results on sites with low wind potential. The Spanish region of Castilla y Leon has the largest installed wind base in Spain with more than 4,800 MW as of 1 January 2011, and ambitious wind targets for the following years. Different companies in the VAPAT Group will continue developing new wind projects in Castilla y Leon.
Miguel Picardo, General Manager of Vestas Iberia emphasises: “It is very positive for the Spanish wind industry that companies continue supporting the development of wind even when the market is still lacking long-term visibility. This is the reason why companies developing large wind projects, such as VAPAT, choose to work together with strong and reliable technological partners who are able to provide business case certainty. We are pleased that once again VAPAT has selected Vestas as their preferred turbine and service supplier for this important wind investment in Spain.”
“This order directly supports Vestas’ vision for the wind energy industry: ‘Wind, Oil and Gas’, and we look forward to continuing working together with VAPAT on these projects. Wind energy covers today the electricity needs of 10 million households in Spain and employs more than 35,000 professionals. As the pioneering wind technology company solely committed to wind, we believe that these figures can be much higher, provided that the right decisions are made to facilitate the accomplishment of the Spanish renewable energy targets for 2020 and that the market offers the necessary regulatory certainty for wind investments to continue taking place,” concludes Juan Araluce, President of Vestas Mediterranean.
The above-mentioned wind power plants have a total estimated production of 321,500 MWh per year, which corresponds to an annual emission saving of 125,385 tons of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, it will provide enough electricity to cover the residential electricity consumption of more than 201,440 people in Spain.