Vestas snags two big turbine orders

Vestas has received an order for 52 V90-3.0 MW wind turbines.

Vestas (Randers, Denmark) has received an order from The AES Corporation for delivery of 52 units of the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine. The contract includes delivery, installation and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a five-year service and maintenance agreement.

Delivery is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2008, and the project will be completed by the end of 2009.

AES is one of the world's largest global power companies. AES entered the wind generation business in 2004, and today operates 1,000 MW of wind projects and has 4,000 MW of wind projects in various stages of development worldwide.

"We are proud that AES has chosen Vestas as its partner for this large wind energy project, and we look forward to continuing our fruitful cooperation with them,"says Hans Jorn Rieks, president of Vestas Central Europe A/S. The above order does not affect the Vestas Group's expectations for 2007 and 2008, cf.

In another announcement on January 2, Vestas has received an order for 33 units of the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine in the USA. Vestas will supply and commission the turbines which will be installed at the Central Plains Wind Farm, a 99 MW project in Wichita County between Leoti and Scott City in western Kansas.

RES Americas, Inc., a leading wind development company and subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Ltd in the UK, is developing and constructing the Central Plains Wind Farm and has placed the order for the 33 wind turbines. The company is currently developing more than 1,000 MW of wind power capacity in North America. The wind power plant will be owned and operated by Westar Energy, Inc., the largest electric utility in Kansas, and forms part of Westar's wind energy program, which will be the largest of its kind in Kansas to date.

"Kansas has clearly demonstrated its commitment to wind power as a clean, reliable and local form of power generation. We have very positive expectations for the future for wind power in Kansas, and it is a great pleasure for us to partner with RES Americas and Westar Energy and in this way participate in the development of the state's wind resources,"says Jens Søby, President of Vestas Americas A/S.

The order also comprises a five-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery and commissioning of the 33 wind turbines is scheduled for the second half of 2008.