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Vestas ends 2016 with orders surge

WORLDWIDE: A late-year surge, due largely to a US rush and a new market deal, leads Vestas to almost 1.3GW of orders in three days.

Vestas V110-2MW turbine was a popular choice in the US at the end of 2016
Vestas V110-2MW turbine was a popular choice in the US at the end of 2016

Across the closing days of 2016, the Danish manufacturer won a number of new turbine orders worldwide. 

Most were placed for US-based projects, as developers rushed to reach the Production Tax Credit (PTC) deadline. 

United States

In the US, Vestas received orders for 929MW of turbines, or turbine components. A majority of customers and projects were undisclosed.

However, now they have placed the order for turbine parts, which will be used "to enable future project pipeline", Vestas said, the developers should now be able to claim the full PTC support. 

The only order to include actual delivery of full turbines was placed by EDF Renewable Energy. The US arm of the French firm awarded Vestas the 131MW contract to supply 50 V110 2MW turbines and 31MW of 2MW turbine compatiable components for future projects. 

Elsewhere in the named-customer orders, Berkshire Hathaway Energy's renewables subsidiary placed a 140MW order for V110-2MW turbine compatible components for a future project.

Iberdrola's US arm, Avangrid, also placed a 30MW order for components of Vestas' 3MW platform. 

Two of the orders Vestas recieved for components were for installation in two repowered projects. 

Latin America

Vestas' orders were not only constrained to North America. Most notably, it won its first order in Honduras.

The manufacturer will deliver 59MW of its V117-3.45MW turbine to the unnamed project under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal. 

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and Vestas will service the machines for 15 years. 

In Brazil, the Danish manufacturer won a 42MW supply deal from Gestamp Eolica Brasil.

A total of 21 V110-2MW turbines will be delivered to the Cabeco Vermelho I and II projects in Rio Grande do Norte, northeast Brazil. The deal also includes ten years servicing following commissioning in 2018.

EDF Energies Nouvelles Brazilian unit has placed a 117MW order with Vestas for the second phase of the Ventos da Bahia project, also in northeast Brazil.

Vestas will install 53 V110-2MW turbines, optimised to 2.2MW, at the site by Q3 2018 and provide servicing for 15 years, the firm said. 

China

In the world's largest market, Vestas has won two orders to finish 2016. 

First, a 24.15MW deal from Huadin to supply seven V117-3.45MW turbines. It will be the first time Vestas has delivered machines from its 3MW portfolio to a Chinese site. Huadin is developing the Qingyu project, near Fuqing City, southeast China.

Second, Vestas will deliver V110-2MW turbines, optimised to produced 2.2MW, to a 50MW site in Q3 2017. The project location and customer was undisclosed. 

Europe

Finally, in Europe, Vestas was awarded two further contracts, including a third repowering deal. 

In Germany, Vestas will suppy nine V117-3.45MW turbines to the 31.05MW Friedrich-Wilhelm-Lubke-Koog citizen-owned project in the north of the country. The new machines will replace 13 V80-2MW turbines. 

And in Ukraine, it will deliver six V126-3.45MW turbines to the 20.7MW Staryi Sambir 2 project, developed by Karpatenwind. Vestas previously supplied the Staryi Sambir 1 site in 2012, located in west Ukraine. 

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