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Vestas receives first Bolivian order

BOLIVIA: Vestas will provide 30 turbines for a 108MW wind complex in Bolivia -- its first project in the central South American country -- as the manufacturer announces a spate of deals with Q2 drawing to a close.

Vestas will supply 54 of its V136-3.45 machines for projects in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and France
Vestas will supply 54 of its V136-3.45 machines for projects in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and France

It will supply its V136-3.45 turbines — delivered in 3.6MW power optimised mode — for the three-phase Santa Cruz site in central Bolivia.

Santa Cruz is being developed by state power company Ende (Electric National Company), and will be operated and maintained by Ende’s renewables subsidiary, Corani.

Vestas is due to deliver the turbines in 2019, and commissioning is expected to follow in 2020.

Santa Cruz will consist of the 14MW Warnes, 40MW San Julián, and 54MW El Dorado wind farms — the first of which is being partly financed by France’s development agency.

Danida, the development fund managed by the ministry of foreign affairs in Vestas’ native Denmark, is also supporting Santa Cruz, the manufacturer stated.

The three  projects will be located in Bolivia’s central Santa Cruz department, which currently only generates thermoelectric energy, according to Bolivian energy minister, Rafael Alarcon.

There are currently two online wind farms in Bolivia, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly: the 3MW Qollpana and 24MW Qollpana II projects in the central Cochabamba department.

The projects’ turbines are supplied by Goldwind and Enercon respectively.

Dominican Republic

Vestas has also received an order for a 48MW project in the Dominican Republic.

It will supply 16 of its V136-3.45MW turbines — delivered in 3MW load optimised mode — for RGE’s 48MW Guzmancitos wind farm in the north of the central Caribbean country.

The manufacturer will deliver the turbines in the first quarter of 2019, and commissioning is expected in the third quarter of the same year.

Guzmancitos project is Vestas’ fifth in the Dominican Republic. The manufacturer now has nearly 180MW of capacity either installed or under development or construction.

Vestas has previously supplied turbines for the operational 25.2MW Los Cocos and 49.5MW Larimar projects in the Dominican Republic.

It is also providing turbines for the 48.3MW Larimar II site, which is due to be completed this year.

The Dominican Republic has 135MW of installed capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence.

United States

The manufacturer will also repower two Pacificorp projects in Washington State, it has announced.

Vestas has received an order for 216MW of V100 2MW turbine parts — excluding tower components — to repower the 140.4MW Marengo and 70.2MW Marengo II sites, which were commissioned in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Both sites currently feature Vestas’ V80 1.8MW machines.

Almost a third of the US’ installed wind power capacity will be at least a decade old this year. The country currently has more than 90GW of installed capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence.

Almost 25GW of this total will be at least ten years old in 2018.

Therefore, many developers are considering repowering to re-qualify them for the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC), according to DNV GL, which is being phased-out. 


Meanwhile, in France, Vestas has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the 26MW La Crémière wind farm in the northerly Pas-de-Calais department.

It will carry out the project’s civil and electrical works and supply, transport, install and commission eight V112-3.45 model in 3.3MW load-optimised mode.

The turbines will be delivered to renewable energy developer Eurowatt’s site in the first quarter of 2019, and commissioning is expected in Q3.

Vestas said the contract is its thirteenth with Eurowatt.


Elsewhere in Europe, Vestas has received an order for 47 of its V136 4.2MW turbines for the Guleslettene wind farm in Florø and Bremager in western Norway.

The turbines will be equipped with Vestas’ electrothermal anti-icing system, which is designed to minimise ice formation on blades and therefore maximise energy production in cold climates.

Fund manager BlackRock will be the long-term asset owner on the project, with Norwegian renewable power company Zephyr as long-term asset partner, Vestas added.

Aluminium producer Alcoa will buy power from Guleslettene under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Turbine delivery is expected in the second quarter of 2020.

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