Vestas receives Thai order for 'tallest towers' in Asia

THAILAND: Vestas will provide turbines for a 45MW project in northeast Thailand with what it claims will be the highest towers in Asia.

Vestas will deliver the turbines later this year. Commissioning is expected in the second quarter of 2019
Vestas will deliver the turbines later this year. Commissioning is expected in the second quarter of 2019

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It will supply 13 of its V136-3.45MW turbines for Winchai’s 45MW Rom Klao project, oversee their installation, and provide operation and maintenance services (O&M) for 10 years.

The V136-3.45MW turbines will have hub heights of 162 metres, five metres higher than the 157-metre towers specified for a 60-turbine order in the region last August, for which it made the same claim.

GE is due to supply 90 of its 3.0-137 turbines, which have towers 156.5 metres tall, to three projects in Thailand. It stated they are the tallest it will have installed outside of Europe.

Meanwhile, Siemens Gamesa has installed 33 units from its G114 model in Thailand, which have 153-metre towers. It claims the turbines’ 210-metre tip height makes them the tallest onshore wind turbines in Asia

Vestas' 13 V136-3.45MW turbines are due to be delivered to Winchai at the end of 2018, and commissioned in the second quarter of 2019.

Winchai is Vestas’ third customer in Thailand. The manufacturer has previously received turbine orders from Energy Absolute in 2015 and an unnamed customer in August.

Prompong Chaisrisawatsuk, Winchai’s chairman, said: "With Vestas' proven track record in the Asia Pacific region and its ability to provide customised solutions for Thailand's low wind conditions, we are certain that they are the right partner to work with on this project."

Thailand has a renewable energy target of 40% by 2036.

It currently has 293MW of installed wind power capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

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