Vestas will install Sri Lanka’s first large-scale wind park, the 104-megawatt (MW) Mannar Wind Power Project, the Danish wind giant announced Monday.
The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract was awarded by Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the main utility company of Sri Lanka, in an international tender, according to a statement from Vestas.
The project, which was conceived by CEB and is fully funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), marks the return of Vestas to Sri Lanka after 19 years, the press release said.
Located on Mannar Island, Vestas will provide the Mannar Wind Power Project Phase 1 with delivery, installation and commissioning of 30 V126-3.45 MW wind turbines, as well as civil and electrical work.
The project will also include a full-scope Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement as well as the VestasOnline Business SCADA solution lowering turbine downtime to optimize the energy output.
"We are very excited with this order and the opportunity to be back in Sri Lanka," said Clive Turton, president of Vestas Asia Pacific.
"This tender signifies a clear indication of CEB and local policymakers' intention to promote sustainable energy sources as well as increase the mix of sustainable energy in the local grid. Vestas looks forward to working together with our local partners and the local authorities towards this common goal," he added.
Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019, and the project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020.
-328 MW order from Norway
Additionally, Vestas secured an order for several wind projects in Norway that will feature different 4-megawatt (MW) platform turbine variants from its product portfolio.
The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 5-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, and the VestasOnline Business SCADA solution, a separate statement read.
Vestas did not specify the details of the projects, or the name of the client.
"Utilizing the 4 MW platform’s flexibility, the turbines will ensure a high capacity factor and maximize energy production in a tailor-made configuration based on the sites’ specific wind conditions," it said.
Turbine installation is expected to start in 2020 and 2021.
-219 MW order from China
Vestas also received two separate orders totaling 219 MW from two customers in China.
In a separate statement, the company said it secured a 200 MW order including 2 MW platform turbines from its long-term customer Hanas for the Fengjigou project in China’s Ningxia province, increasing its total order intake from its biggest customer in China to 1.4 gigawatts.
The order also includes a 2-year AOM 4000 service agreement. Turbine delivery and commissioning are expected to start from the fourth quarter of 2018.
The second order is for 4 MW platform turbines totaling 19 MW, and was placed by one of China's top five power companies, State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC).
The order includes a 5-year AOM 4000 service agreement, as well as the VestasOnline Business SCADA solution. Project delivery and commissioning are expected in the third quarter of 2019.
By Hale Turkes