Record global order intake in Q1 2019

Vestas secured the largest share of worldwide turbine orders for the fourth consecutive three-month period in a record-breaking first quarter, according to new figures.

China’s offshore sector ramped up in Q1 2019 as provinces tried to meet grid-connection targets for projects in Chinese waters (pic credit: Sinohydro)
China’s offshore sector ramped up in Q1 2019 as provinces tried to meet grid-connection targets for projects in Chinese waters (pic credit: Sinohydro)

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The manufacturer’s V150-4.X and V120-2.2 turbines both ranked in the top five onshore models ordered in Q1 2019, and it won more than 500MW of orders in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Its success came as worldwide first-quarter orders eclipsed the record set a year ago by 875MW (up 7% year on year), according to analysis by Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables (WMPR).

Strong order intake in China and the Americas more than offset a nearly 20% year-on-year decrease in the combined Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia and Caspian region, the analysts stated.

Chinese offshore

China’s offshore sector ramped up in Q1 2019 as provinces tried to meet grid-connection targets for projects in Chinese waters, WMPR added.

In total, orders were signed for 1.7GW in the first quarter (up 66% year on year), with five Chinese OEMs securing at least 300MW of firm orders for domestic offshore wind farms.

Chinese manufacturers accounted for 77% of all offshore capacity ordered globally in the first quarter, the analysts added.

By contrast, the European offshore wind sector declined 55% year on year, with just a single 487MW order signed off for a Belgian project, the analysts noted. Siemens Gamesa will supply its SG-8.0-167 DD turbine for the 487MW Seamade project off the coast of Belgium.

Bigger turbines

Order intake for the 4.0-4.99MW segment increased for the fourth consecutive quarter, with more than 500MW of purchases made in the US, China and Brazil.

Vestas’ V140-4.X and Siemens Gamesa’s SG 4.5-145 were the top two models ordered in Q1 2019, WMPR noted.

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