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Danish firm in second wind power boost for Latin America

Vestas wins wind energy contract for second Nicaraguan wind power project

The contract gives Vestas a second opportunity to boost wind in Central America
The contract provides Vestas with a second opportunity to boost wind power in Central America

A Danish wind firm has won a contract to boost wind power in Latin America for the second time. Vestas has signed an order to supply the Alba Rivas wind farm in Nicaragua with 22 wind turbines.

The South American arm of the company has won the order for the 40MW Hacienda La Fe wind farm.

Vestas said: “We are very satisfied with this new order, which confirms the continuous positive trend of wind power development in Nicaragua."

Vestas has signed an order for a total wind energy capacity of 39.6 MW, consisting of 22 wind turbines V100-1.8 MW for the Alba Rivas wind power plant, which will be located in Hacienda La Fe, Rivas, Nicaragua.

The order has been placed by Alba de Nicaragua S.A. (Albanisa), a private company specialised in energy generation. The contract comprises supply and commissioning of the turbines, a VestasOnline Business SCADA system as well as a five-year service and maintenance agreement.

Wind power plants of this order will produce approximately 180 GWh per year, which corresponds to an annual emission saving of 36,400 tonnes of CO2, compared with average Nicaraguan electricity.

In September 2011, Vestas received an order for a total of 39.6 MW for La Fé – San Martin Wind Farm also in Nicaragua, which is expected to be connected to the grid in June 2012.

Delivery of the first wind turbines is expected to start towards the end of 2012 and the project is expected to be commercially operational during the second quarter of 2013.

“We are pleased to have selected Vestas as supplier for our first wind farm in Nicaragua,” said Francisco Lopez, CEO of Alba de Nicaragua S.A. “We trust that Vestas will deliver the best solutions with high-quality service and professionalism,”

Marcelo Tokman Ramos, vice president of Vestas South America (excl. Brazil), said: “We are very satisfied with this new order, which confirms the continuous positive trend of wind power development in Nicaragua. It is very important for us to have been selected as the technology supplier for Alba De Nicaragua S.A’s first wind project and also considering their future portfolio, we are looking very much forward to a long-lasting collaboration between the two companies.”

“Vestas is focused on developing new business opportunities in the Latin American markets and this project is a good example of this goal,” said Juan Araluce, chief sales officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Acting President of Vestas Mediterranean. “Our commitment with the expansion of the wind energy industry will bring a clean, competitive and predictable energy source into the Nicaraguan energy mix, while contributing to the development of local quality employment and competencies. We are pleased to have been chosen as Alba de Nicaragua´s partner.”