Wind Turbine Manufacturers Notch Big Orders

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced it received the order for the 487 MW SeaMade offshore wind power project in Belgium from customer Seamade NV, while Vestas announced it has received an order for 100 V120-2.2 MW turbines for an undisclosed project in the United States.

Both Vestas and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced big orders recently. Vestas announced it has received an order for 100 V120-2.2 MW turbines for a project in the United States, which raised Vestas' order intake in 2018 across the 10 GW mark before entering December 2018. During 2018, Vestas has received orders across six continents, including orders in new markets Panama, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, and Senegal.

The company's new U.S. order includes supply and commissioning of the turbines, with deliveries expected to begin in the third quarter of 2019 and commissioning scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

"The expansion of the V120-2.2 MW turbine in the USA is a direct result of Vestas'’ dedication to advance wind turbine technology at a rapid pace, incorporating learnings from our unparalleled wind turbine database and installed fleet to build on proven technology," said Chris Brown, president of Vestas' sales and service division in the United States and Canada. "Each new generation of technology unlocks even more value and performance for our customers and continues to deliver the lowest cost of energy to consumers and communities throughout North America."

The U.S. project and customer specifics are undisclosed at the customer's request.

Meanwhile, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced it received the order for the 487 MW SeaMade offshore wind power project in Belgium from customer Seamade NV. It includes supply and commissioning of 58 units of the SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine and a 17-year service agreement. The project consists of the two combined sites: Seastar, a 252 MW offshore wind power plant with 30 SG 8.0-167 wind turbines, and Mermaid, a 235 MW offshore wind power plant with 28 SG 8.0-167 wind turbines.

SeaMade NV is a partnership formed of the Otary RS NV (70 percent), Engie Electrabel NV (17.5 percent), and Eneco Wind Belgium SA (12.5 percent). Offshore construction will start in 2019 and be completed in 2020.

"We are very pleased that our preferred supplier agreement announced in March 2018 has now become a fully confirmed order with SeaMade NV. Combining the two project areas into one project shows excellent leadership by our customer to drive down the cost of energy from offshore wind through economies of scale. We look forward to the next steps in the project, helping meet the Belgian government's 2020 climate objectives," said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

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