Vestas nets big new Chinese wind turbine order

Vestas Wind Systems AS will deliver 116 850-kW wind turbines to China Guangdong Nuclear Wind Power Co. Ltd., bringing the total capacity of V52 wind turbines sold to the company to 500 MW.

Vestas Wind Systems AS (Randers, Denmark) announced on Dec. 29, 2008, that it has received an order for the delivery of 116 V52-850-kW wind turbines to China Guangdong Nuclear Wind Power Co. Ltd., bringing the total capacity of V52 wind turbines sold to the company to 500 MW. Delivery of the turbines is planned for third quarter this year.

According to the agreement, Vestas will back the turbines with a two-year maintenance and service agreement, and China Guangdong will have access to the trademarked VestasOnline Business, a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)-based platform. VestasOnline consists of a central server that controls the continuous collection, storage and intelligent processing of data from the entire wind power plant, including elements such as weather stations. The system is designed to give the wind farm operator the ability to regulate the turbine’s produced power and maintain better control over power ramping and voltage.

“It is, once again, a pleasure to do business with China Guangdong Nuclear Wind Power,” said Vestas China managing director Lars Andersen. “This latest sale — the eighth order from China Guangdong Nuclear Wind Power in the last 12 months — means that Vestas is now one of the largest single suppliers of wind turbines to the company.”

Vestas entered the Chinese market early, installing turbines in Shandong and Hainan provinces in 1986. By June 30, 2008, Vestas had installed more than 1,000 wind turbines in 13 provinces. With the opening of a new factory in Inner Mongolia and a new foundry in Jiangsu province in 2009, Vestas will operate five factory complexes in three provinces.