Vestas has received two orders from Genneia S.A. for a total of 220 MW for phase I and II of the Puerto Madryn project. Genneia, Argentina’s largest wind energy supplier in terms of installed capacity, has placed a firm and unconditional order for a total of 62 V126-3.45 wind turbines. The turbines will be installed in wind parks located close to Puerto Madryn in Chubut, one of the windiest regions in Argentina.
Long-lasting business relationship between Vestas and Genneia started in 2010 when they signed Rawson I&II (78 MW), Argentina’s largest wind park at the time. In 2016 they signed the extension of Rawson wind park for phase III (24MW).
The order comprises the supply and installation of the wind turbines, as well as a 10-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement that will ensure the highest energy output at the lowest costs for Genneia S. A. Commissioning for phase I and II is expected for the third quarter of 2018 and 2019 respectively.
On ly one day later Vestas received a firm and unconditional order from the only aluminium smelter in Argentina, Aluar Aluminio Argentino S.A.I.C., to supply 14 V126-3.45 delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimised Mode for the 50 MW El Llano wind farm in Chubut. Located close to Aluar’s facilities, the wind farm will provide electricity for Aluar’s aluminium smelting, highlighting wind energy’s attractive economics for energy intensive industries.
The order comprises the supply and installation of the wind turbines as well as a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement, ensuring optimal operation of the wind farm at all times. Wind turbine delivery is planned for the fourth quarter of 2017, while commissioning is expected for the third quarter of 2018.
By using wind energy to run their energy intensive aluminium production, Aluar follows the global trend of companies procuring renewable energy to run their operations with cost-efficient and sustainable energy. The El Llano wind park will also help Aluar meet the requirement stipulated in the Argentinian Renewable Energy Law 27.191 that requires large electricity consumers to get a percentage of their usage from renewable sources.
Over the last six months, Vestas has signed around 500 MW of firm and unconditional orders in Argentina, these orders underline the key role Vestas plays in Argentina’s transition towards a sustainable energy mix.