Vestas Receives 42 MW Order from Akuo Energy for Delivery of the First V112-3.0 MW Turbines to Uruguay

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Vestas has received a 42MW order from Akuo Energy for 14 units of the V112-3.0MW wind turbine for the Minas wind power plant in Uruguay. This will be the first V112-3.0MW wind power plant to be installed in the country.

The contract for the Minas wind power plant comprises delivery, transportation, installation and commissioning of the turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system as well as a 10-year Active Management Output (AOM) 4000 service agreement. The AOM 4000 is a full-scope service contract, consisting of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and consumables, which offers solid risk management for customers who want an availability guarantee measured against an agreed threshold. This type of contract offers customers assured performance avoiding unforeseen operational costs of any kind. Delivery of the turbines is scheduled for the third quarter of 2013 and the wind power plant is expected to be commercially operational by the end of the same year.

The order has been placed by Akuo Energy, a private French group specialized in the development of industrial power production plants from renewable resources such as wind, sun, water, biogas, biomass and biofuel with wind power representing 85 percent of the group’s activities.

“We are glad to be the first ones to install Vestas’ V112-3.0MW turbine in the country as we believe that it will deliver an efficient power production and, thus, a high return on investment,” states Juan Negro, CEO of Akuo Energy Uruguay, who continues, “At Akuo Energy we are always looking for the best technological solutions based on the resources available and specific local requirements of each particular project and we chose Vestas to provide us with its technologically advanced wind generating solutions for cost-effective wind power plants.”

“It is a pleasure for us to announce the signature of this new contract with Akuo Energy for Uruguay, whose renewable energy agenda we have always been strongly supporting,” states Miguel Picardo Troyano, VP Vestas South America (excl. Brazil), who continues, “We look forward to continuing working with Akuo Energy and expanding wind power in the country.”

Juan Araluce, Chief Sales Officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S concludes: “The V112-3.0MW is a versatile and high-performing turbine which allows an efficient power production and gives our customers a solid return on investment. Like all Vestas’ turbines, the V112-3.0MW has been developed by identifying customers’ key needs and translating them into highly reliable wind generating solutions.”

As of 30 June 2012, Vestas has delivered 101 units of V112-3.0MW turbines worldwide representing a total capacity of 303MW, and it has received more than 3GW of firm orders for this model.

The Minas wind power plant project will have an estimated annual production of more than 190,000MWh per year, which will save the environment from almost 59,000 tons of CO2 emissions on an annual basis.

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