The Columbian project will feature wind turbines developed using Vestas’ EnVentus™ platform for the first time, which now has a global order intake of over 2MW
The Danish manufacturer Vestas has secured a deal to supply wind turbines to Colombia with a combined capacity of 504MW. The deal will require Vestas to deliver 90 units of V162-5.6MW wind turbines, the timeline of which has been withheld at the request of Columbian authorities. Vestas will also provide maintenance services for 15 years. This is Vestas’ second deal with Columbia. The combined capacity of Vestas’ wind projects currently under construction or being operated in Latin America is now almost 12GW, making it a formidable player in the continent’s move to renewable energy.
The turbines are being manufactured using Vestas’ EnVentus™ platform architecture – a first for Vestas in Columbia. The platform connects turbines of different capacities to meet the complex grid requirements of local markets. According to Vestas’ website, “EnVentus™ turbines offer a wide range of… modes of operation… to create customised solutions to suit the needs of each unique project.” The turbines commissioned by Columbia are designed for low to medium wind sites and have extensive application in high wind speeds. “The EnVentus platform establishes a new benchmark in competitiveness,” said Vestas Vice President for LATAM North, Agustín Sánchez Tembleque, “and we expect it to make a huge contribution to the energy transition both in Colombia and in Latin America over the coming years.”
2020 has been a watershed year for Vestas: it has significantly expanded its offshore and onshore wind portfolio across several continents. In Latin America, Vestas is engaged in projects of up to 989MW in Brazil, 8MW in Portugal and 81MW in Spain, all due to be operational between late-2021 and mid-2022. In Asia, it is engaged in projects of 17MW in India and 50MW in Vietnam, both expected to be operational by late-2021. Europe has witnessed major Vestas projects in the UK, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy and Greece. Vestas Vice President of Sales for Southern Europe and Turkey, Rainer Karan, said: “The variety and competitiveness of our… platform portfolio [allows] us to meet the different needs of our customers… and provide them with long-term business certainty.”