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Vestas wins order for largest wind energy project in the Philippines

News International-French

2 Jul 2013

Vestas’ new 87 MW order in the emerging wind market of the Philippines made possible through close co-operation with EDC, the Philippines’ leading renewable energy developer.

Vestas received a firm and unconditional order from Energy Development Corporation (EDC) of the Philippines to deliver an 87 MW capacity wind power plant under an EPC (turnkey) contract. The order comprises installation of 29 units of the V90-3.0 MW turbine together with associated on-site civil and electrical works, located at Burgos, in the Ilocos Norte province. The wind turbines are expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2014. The project will then be operated under a Vestas 10-year AOM5000 service contract in which Vestas guarantees a defined level of performance.

In winning this order, Vestas has designed a project solution which draws on the strengths derived from Vestas’ broad regional presence, sophisticated wind resource assessment, well-proven turbine technology and comprehensive service concepts.

One of the main goals behind the merger of Vestas’ Asia Pacific and China organisations in 2012 was to secure a leading participation in the developing wind energy markets in Asia. The closing of the Burgos order in the Philippines is an important step towards achieving this objective.

EDC and Vestas have worked closely together on the realisation of the Burgos project for more than two years. This has included efforts in support of the recent establishment in the Philippines of a regulatory framework and feed-in tariff for wind energy which has enabled EDC to commit to this project. With the continuation of this tariff structure, the Philippines will continue to hold good prospects for wind energy, which provides diversification of energy supply and reduced dependence on fossil fuel imports.

“The Burgos order is the result of a very fruitful co-operation between EDC and Vestas. EDC’s technical experience from its local power project developments and its deep understanding of the requirements of the local electricity market, combined with Vestas’ vast knowledge of the design and delivery of successful wind energy projects globally and in the Philippines, has resulted in a well optimised project,” says Jens Tommerup, President of Vestas Asia Pacific & China. “I am very pleased that we have now embarked on this exciting journey with EDC.”

Once operational, the Burgos wind power plant will produce around 233,000 MWh of electricity per year, sufficient to power over a million Philippine households, and will displace around 115,000 tons of CO2 annually.

According to statistics from the Global Wind Energy Council, the Philippines, being one of the important emerging wind markets in Asia, had by the end of 2011 a cumulative installed wind capacity of 33 MW and is expected to install in excess of 500 MW by 2020 (according to forecasts by Emerging Energy Research). The Philippines’ only wind power plant in operation by the time the aforementioned statistics were compiled, was completed in 2008 utilising 20 units of the Vestas V82-1.65 MW turbine.