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Danish firm to build wind power plant in Mexico

Vestas receives 50 MW order from Grupo Dragon to build plant in Los Altos

The wind power plant is being developed in Mexico

Mexico is set for a wind boost after a Danish firm is to supply turbines for a power plant in the country. Danish firm Vestas is to supply 50.4 MW of turbines for a wind plant in Los Altos, Mexico.

Mexican company Regeneración Eléctrica Mexicana S.A. de C.V. (REM), placed the order, otherwise known as Grupo Dragon. For Mexico, Los Altos will be the first large wind project outside of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, where most existing wind farms are based.

Juan Araluce, chief sales officer for Vestas Wind Systems A/S, and acting president for Vestas Mediterranean, said: “We are pleased to announce this new order which confirms our strategy in developing emerging markets with huge wind potential, such as Mexico, while at the same time we contribute to achieving the Mexican Government’s goals in reducing fossil fuel consumption and its level of carbon emissions.”

The 50.4 MW capacity supplied by Vestas consists of 28 units of the V100-1.8 MW turbine. In addition to delivery, installation and commissioning of the turbines, Vestas says the contract will include a 10 year service and maintenance AOM 5000 agreement.

Luis Montgomery, CEO of Grupo Dragon and Jose Pablo Fernandez, COO of Grupo Dragon, said: “We are very pleased to build our second wind farm with Vestas and we truly believe the V100-1.8 MW Vestas turbines will provide reliable and affordable renewable energy.”

Adrian Katzew Corenstein, general manager, Vestas Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, added: “This is the second order signed with Grupo Dragon in Mexico within a short period of time, which shows their trust in Vestas’ technology, products, service solutions and local capabilities. We look forward to a long and valued relationship with them.”

Vestas already has a presence in Mexico, having opened an office there in June 2010.  Vestas installed its first wind farm in Mexico in 1994, In the last three years it has signed orders for a total capacity of more than 530 MW. Vestas has recently been awarded the largest single wind farm in Mexico and Latin America, the 396 MW Mareña Project. The Danish firm says they are also helping the development of a network of local suppliers who can deliver components, products, spare parts and services.

Vestas said that delivery of the turbines is expected to begin later this year and that they aim to complete the project by summer 2013.