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South America takes biggest share of December onshore wind orders

Driven by large orders in Brazil and Colombia, South America accounted for the bulk of global onshore turbine deals in the final month of 2020. Windpower Monthly takes a look at the figures

Siemens Gamesa secured an order to supply a 465MW wind farm in Brazil in December
Siemens Gamesa secured an order to supply a 465MW wind farm in Brazil in December

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Vestas, Siemens Gamesa and Nordex orders in Brazil and Colombia accounted for nearly half of global firm, onshore turbine purchase agreements (TPAs) in December, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

The bulk of these orders were secured in Brazil across just five wind farms (1,958MW) with another TPA secured for a 504MW wind project in Colombia. In total, the six projects make up almost 2.5GW (2,462MW) in nameplate capacity. 

These South American orders account for 44.9% of the nearly 5.5GW of global firm onshore TPAs recorded by Windpower Intelligence last month.

The wind farms are due to be commissioned by 2023.

Across December, Vestas secured TPAs for four of these six South American projects, securing just under 1.5GW.

The majority of the projects secured orders for the manufacturer’s V150 turbines with power ratings ranging between 4.2MW and 4.5MW.

The Vestas’ turbines are destined for the 534MW Rio do Vento expansion Rio do Vento expansion (534MW) OnshoreState of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details project in Rio Grande do Norte, Ventos’ 360MW Babilônia - Casa dos Ventos Babilônia - Casa dos Ventos (360MW) OnshoreMorro do Chapéu and Várzea Nova, State of Bahia, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details project in Morro do Chapéu and Várzea Nova in Bahia, a 95MW order for the Ouro Branco and Quatro Ventos wind projects in Pernambuco – 67.6MW Ouro Branco 1 & 2 Ouro Branco 1 & 2 (67.6MW) OnshorePoção, Pernambuco, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details and 21MW Quatro Ventos Quatro Ventos (21MW) OnshorePoção, Pernambuco, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details – and an order for 90 of its V162-5.6MW EnVentus turbines to an undisclosed 504MW project in Colombia.

Siemens Gamesa secured the fifth South American TPA with the supply of 75 of its SG 5.8-170 turbines to Essentia Energia’s 465MW Ventos de São Vitor 1-14 Ventos de São Vitor 1-14 (465MW) OnshoreXique-Xique and Itaguaçu, State of Bahia, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details project, also in Bahia, Brazil.

Meanwhile, Nordex agreed to supply 91 of its N163/5.X turbines for Statkraft's 519MW Ventos de Santa Eugênia Ventos de Santa Eugênia (519MW) OnshoreUibaí, Bahia, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details wind farm in Bahìa.

Only North America came within reach of South America’s December total, securing TPAs for around 1.3GW of capacity – the US shouldering all the weight with turbine delivery from Vestas, Siemens Gamesa and GE. Globally, nearly 5GW of TPAS were recorded.

The wind farms:

  • BRAZIL: Vestas received a firm and unconditional order from Casa dos Ventos Energias Renovaveis for 29 x V150-4.3 MW and 91 x V150-4.5 MW turbines. They are destined for the 534MW Rio do Vento expansion Rio do Vento expansion (534MW) OnshoreState of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details project in Rio Grande do Norte. Delivery is expected to begin in Q4 2022, with commissioning following in Q3 2023. Vestas will then provide service for 20 years.

  • BRAZIL: Vestas will supply 80 V150-4.2 MW turbines in 4.5MW mode to Casa dos Ventos’ 360MW Babilônia - Casa dos Ventos Babilônia - Casa dos Ventos (360MW) OnshoreMorro do Chapéu and Várzea Nova, State of Bahia, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details project in Morro do Chapéu and Várzea Nova, Bahia. Delivery is planned for the second half of 2022, with commissioning scheduled for Q2 2023. Vestas will then provide service for 20 years.

  • BRAZIL: Siemens Gamesa has agreed to supply 75 SG 5.8-170 turbines to Essentia Energia’s 465MW Ventos de São Vitor 1-14 Ventos de São Vitor 1-14 (465MW) OnshoreXique-Xique and Itaguaçu, State of Bahia, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details project in Bahia. They will each provide 6.2MW. The wind farm should be commissioned by the end of 2022, after which Siemens Gamesa will also provide service and maintenance.

  • BRAZIL: Vestas has received a 95MW order from European Energy and Eólica Tecnologia, for 21 V150-4.2 MW turbines in 4.5MW mode. They are destined for the Ouro Branco and Quatro Ventos projects in Pernambuco made up of the 67.6MW Ouro Branco 1 & 2 Ouro Branco 1 & 2 (67.6MW) OnshorePoção, Pernambuco, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details and 21MW Quatro Ventos Quatro Ventos (21MW) OnshorePoção, Pernambuco, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details sites. Delivery is planned for mid-2022, with commissioning expected by the end of 2022. Vestas will then provide service for 10 years.

  • COLOMBIA: Vestas has agreed to supply 90 V162-5.6 MW EnVentus turbines, to an undisclosed 504MW project in Colombia. The contract includes supply, installation and a 15-year service agreement.

  • BRAZIL: Nordex will supply 91 of its N163/5.X turbines for the 518.7MW 519MW Ventos de Santa Eugênia Ventos de Santa Eugênia (519MW) OnshoreUibaí, Bahia, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details wind farm in Bahìa. The turbines will be supplied with a power rating of 5.7MW and installed on 120-metre concrete towers. Commissioning is scheduled for 2023 and the German manufacturer will also service the project for 20 years.

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