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Vestas has received a 30 MW order for a wind project in Mexico. The contract includes the supply and installation of 15 V120-2.0 MW wind turbines as well as an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park over the next 20 years.

This order exemplifies the reliability of Vestas’ portfolio and our ability to ensure optimsed performance for the lifetime of the project”, says Agustín Sánchez-Tembleque, General Manager of Vestas México.

Turbine delivery is expected by the fourth quarter of 2020 whilst commissioning is planned by the second quarter of 2021.

Vestas pioneered the Mexican wind energy market in 1994, when it erected the country’s first commercial wind turbine. Since then, Vestas has accumulated over 2.3 GW of installed capacity or under construction in Mexico.

The project and customer are undisclosed.

Sourcer: Vestas

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Parque Eólico Cavar (Navarra) / Cavar wind farm (Navarra)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has taken another step forward in the promotion of clean energy production in Spain. The EU bank will provide EUR 50m in financing to Renovables de la Ribera, a 50-50 joint venture between Iberdrola and Caja Rural de Navarra to build a new renewable energy project – the Cavar wind complex – in Navarra, Spain.

The EIB is assisting this project via a Green Loan, the features of which are fully in line with the requirements set out in its Climate Awareness Bonds programme. As a result, it is likely to be allocated to its portfolio of loan operations financed via the issuance of these bonds.
The new project, located between the municipalities of Cadreita and Valtierra, includes four wind farms and will have an installed capacity of 111 MW. Construction will enable the creation of up to 200 jobs and the complex is expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2020.

In this way, the EU bank financing provided to Renovables de la Ribera will help meet the goal proposed by the European Commission of generating 32% of the energy used in the EU using renewable sources by 2030. The new wind complex – which will not release any polluting emissions – will generate enough clean energy to meet the electricity needs of 46 500 people and will avoid the release 84 000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere a year.

Cavar is also the first wind project in Spain to sell its energy to a large corporation. A long-term bilateral contract (a Power Purchase Agreement or PPA) will see it produce 40 MW of clean energy for Nike in Europe.

The EIB and climate action

On 14 November, the EIB Board of Directors approved its new climate objectives and the new energy lending policy. The Bank will gradually increase its financing for climate and environmental objectives up to 50% by 2025, with the goal of ensuring that the EIB Group mobilises at least EUR 1bn by 2030 to promote investments helping to meet these objectives. It also announced its intention to align all EIB Group activities with the Paris Agreement. To this end, the EIB will cease financing fossil fuel-based projects from late 2021.

In 2018, the EIB provided almost EUR 1.3bn to support climate action in Spain by financing projects involving the development of cleaner means of transport and implementation of new, less polluting and more environmentally friendly production processes.

Source: Iberdrola

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Foundation of a wind turbine

GES, an integral supplier of engineering, construction and maintenance for renewable energy projects (wind, solar and hydroelectric) will build the Valdejalón wind portfolio consisting of 5 wind farms in Aragón, Spain. Once completed, the wind farms will have a total installed capacity of 231 MW. Construction is expected to be finalized in 2020 second quarter.

The project is divided into two phases: Valdejalón East which includes the wind farms El Cabezo (49 MW) and Portillo II Phase I (45.6 MW) and Phase II (38 MW), and Valdejalón West composed of Virgen de Rodanas I (49.4 MW) and Virgen de Rodanas II (49.4 MW).

The Valdejalón portfolio is fully owned by the Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP) through its fund Copenhagen Infrastructure III K/S (CI-III). CIP is a fund management company focused on energy infrastructure including offshore wind, onshore wind, solar PV, biomass and energy-from-waste, transmission and distribution, and other energy assets like reserve capacity and storage. The company operates in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia.

GES is responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the project. The company is already working in the detail engineering, and will be in charge of the complete BOP (Balance of Plant), both the civil work, with more than 60 km of roads and 61 foundations and platforms for the 85 m wind turbines to be installed in the park; and the electrical work, including the underground medium voltage network with more than 55 km of trenches and the 132 kV evacuation line of almost another 50 km, which will connect the two new substations to an existing interconnection substation.

FuturENERGY Dec. 18 - Jan. 2019

Historically, O&M in the PV sector was seen as the little brother of wind power, where the requirements and types of companies varied widely among themselves. However, due to the maturity of the sector, the need to optimise procedures, the typology of the owners and in general, the increase in the size of PV plants (plants of almost 500 MW are currently being built), the O&M of PV plants is being exposed to the changes that have provided the wind power sector with a degree of professionalism and specialisation…By Íñigo Vázquez, Iñigo Vázquez, Chairman of AEMER, the Spanish Association of
Renewable Energy Maintenance Companies.

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FuturENERGY November 18

The total contribution of the wind power sector to GDP for the period 2012-2017 was €16.379bn. In 2017, the direct contribution to GDP amounted to €2,300.8 million, representing an increase of 57% on 2016 results. This one of the main conclusions taken from the new edition of the ‘Macroeconomic Impact Study of the Wind Power Sector in Spain’, drawn up by consultancy Deloitte, which provides a detailed analysis of Spain’s wind power sector over the last two years, 2016 and 2017, as well as for the previous period 2012-2015. So that wind power remains an important sector for the Spanish economy, it is necessary to make progress in five key areas: regulatory stability; long-term visibility; the formulation of an appropriate system that guarantees reasonable profitability; an auctions system with an established calendar; and regulation to repower and extend the service life of wind farms.

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Deutsche Windtechnik and some of its customers are using the Hamburg WindEnergy 2018 trade fair to sign several long-term service contracts. Maintenance contracts for a total capacity of 56 MW were signed yesterday, at the start of the fair, and further cooperation agreements will follow during the coming days.

Right at the beginning of the fair, Deutsche Windtechnik AG successfully concluded a full maintenance contract, including large components, for the Sailershäuser Wald wind farm. Stakeholders in the citizens’ wind farm include Planet energy GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Greenpeace Energy eG, and Städtische Betriebe Haßfurt GmbH, which are also responsible for operational management. Deutsche Windtechnik will take over maintenance for the ten Nordex N 117 turbines immediately after the warranty period expires, and the contract term is 18 years.

Also on Tuesday, Deutsche Windtechnik and the project developer and operator Saxovent Ökologische Investments GmbH & Co. KG, which has its headquarters in Berlin, agreed on a full service contract including large components for ten Vestas V90 turbines installed at the Große-Welle and Crussow wind farms.

Another contract for nine AN Bonus 1300 turbines was also signed at the trade fair.

Source: Deutsche Windtechnik

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Special report focusing on the wind power market, published as a separate issue to the June 2018 edition of FuturENERGY for special distribution at IV Congreso Eólico Español, an event that ran from 27 to 28 June and at which FuturENERGY has an active presence as media partner.

This special report includes the following:

COVER STORY
Vestas consolidates its leadership in Latin America, strengthening its presence in Argentina and Mexico

WOMEN & ENERGY
Wind energy, a key sector for decarbonising the power sector. Rocío Sicre, Chair of AEE

WIND POWER
A new wind turbine for strong-wind sites
Offshore wind installation. Analysing the evidence behind improvements in installation time
Renewable plant contracts and construction in auction environments
From Big Data to Smart Data
The craneless approach to reducing the cost of major correctives on increasingly bigger turbines
CompactSCADA® Virtual Operator: spectacular reduction in wind turbine downtime
Sensors to prolong wind farm service life
Testing to avoid mechanical failures in wind turbines caused by vibrations

Read more…

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50 N117/3600 turbines ordered by Vattenfall

Vattenfall, owner of the Dutch utility Nuon, has signed a contract for the delivery of 50 N117/3600 wind turbines with the Nordex Group in Amsterdam. The Wieringermeer wind farm is one of the biggest onshore projects for Vattenfall in Europe. The wind farm has an above-average capacity factor of 42 per cent due the excellent average wind speed of 8.6 m/s combined with the highly-efficient Nordex N117/3600 wind turbine. Due to the low noise emissions, the wind turbines can run without curtailments at full rated power, having a positive effect on the expected energy yield. The relatively low sound power level of the N117/3600 is achieved thanks to the wind turbine design and the addition of serrations to the rotor blades.

Sustainability is an important part of our DNA. This is why we are striving for sustainable solutions in different areas,” explains Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer for Nordex SE. This includes the interests of the immediate neighbourhood as well as the CO2 emissions that can be avoided. Located 60 kilometres north of Amsterdam, the site is subject to noise emission restrictions, which the turbines are able to meet. At the same time, the wind farm will prevent the emission of around 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually which would otherwise be produced by a mix of gas and coal-fuelled power stations.

Installation of the 50 wind turbines will commence from March 2019 and be completed by the end of the year respectively. Thereafter, the Nordex Group will provide service for the wind farm and establish a local service station for this purpose. “Everybody is looking forward to the start of this large project. We have already made the first preparations in the area and are glad to have professional companies with whom we will work closely to realize the installation of the first 50 turbines of this wind farm,” explains Ruben Lindenburg, Project Director of Nuon for Wind Farm Wieringermeer.

To date, the Nordex Group has installed wind farms with a combined capacity of almost 300 MW in the Netherlands and has a dense service network for the technical management of the wind power systems in this country.

Source: Nordex

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Siemens Gamesa has been mandated to develop India’s first large commercial hybrid wind-solar
project, where a 28.8-MW solar facility will be connected to an existing 50-MW wind farm. This is the
first project of its kind for the company and evidences its determination to explore business
opportunities that add value for its customers.

Under the terms of the agreement reached with one of the country’s leading independent operators,
Siemens Gamesa will provide an end-to-end turnkey solution. Specifically, it will handle the design,
engineering and commissioning of the new solar plant (including the supply of photovoltaic inverters
made by Gamesa Electric) and its hybridisation with an existing wind farm, equipped with the Siemens
Gamesa turbines. The project, located in the in the state of Karnataka, is scheduled to be up and
running by the end of 2017.

 

This is a very important milestone for our company. We are truly proud to be rolling out this new
hybrid solution – namely the optimal combination of solar and wind power technology – on a
commercial scale
”, underscored Ramesh Kymal, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s Onshore business in
India, going on to add, “With a market potential of around 15 GW in India, our customers are
increasingly interested in this type of integrated renewable system
”.

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Group ACS, through Dragados Offshore, has been awarded with the development, construction and supply of the HVDC electric power converter platform for Dolwin 6 project in the North Sea. This project will be developed in partnership with Siemens, and it will be able to transmit enough electricity to initially supply one million German homes.

The system with 900 megawatts of power consists of a HVDC offshore converter platform in the German North Sea and an onshore HVDC substation, in Emden area.

 

Particularly, Dragados Offshore will be in charge of the design, supply, construction, transportation and installation of the platform, while Siemens will cope with the design and supply of HVDC equipment for both substations, and the development of the onshore substation. They will together commission the facilities so as to test them and put them to work.

The offshore conversion platform transforms the electrical energy of incoming wind turbines by high-voltage 155 kV AC power cables to high voltage direct current of 320 kV, exporting it to the ground substation. The platform will be connected to the existing Dolwin Beta platform.

The contract is considered as an important milestone for ACS, and subsequently for Dragados Offshore, as it strength’s their activities in the providing of platforms for the offshore wind industry by building a state-of-the-art megaproject in its sector, consolidating it in a Leading position in the offshore market.

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