Exclusive: Which OEMs are off to strong start with January wind turbine orders?

Vestas announced no new turbine in orders in January, while rival manufacturer GE Renewable Energy reported the largest total in the first month of the year

GE Renewable Energy reported the largest total of turbine orders in January 2021

According to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly, Danish turbine maker Vestas is yet to announce any new turbine purchase agreements (TPAs) in 2021 but confirmed a wave of orders in December. 

In 2020, Vestas secured just over 15.5GW of orders, following a late flurry toward the end of the year. Despite the Christmas rush of 3.1GW of turbine orders arounnd December, it is yet to announce its first TPA of the new year.

However, GE is on a roll in 2021. 

The US turbine maker announced more than 2.4GW of TPAs – the majority of which were in the US – more than treble Siemens Gamesa, which secured the second largest capacity of TPAs (715MW).

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GE’s largest turbine orders were for Pattern Energy’s Western Spirit wind farms in New Mexico and Ørsted’s 1.1GW Ocean Wind project.

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GE will deliver 377 turbines, each of which will provide 2.3-2.8MW alongside a 10-year service agreement. 

For Ørsted’s offshore 1148MW Ocean Wind 2 project, GE Renewable Energy finalised the supply and service contracts to supply Haliade-X 12 MW turbines with an option to utilise the 13MW variant and provide servicing for five years.

For January as a whole, Windpower Intelligence recorded almost 3.5GW of firm orders – both onshore and offshore – from Siemens Gamesa, Nordex, GE and MingYang.

Across last year, firm, onshore turbine orders rose in 2020 despite an early Covid-19 slump, pushing 2020's firm onshore order total above 2019 figures.