Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer, has landed an order for 29 V80-2.0 MW wind turbines for White Hill Wind Farm, located on the South Island of New Zealand. The order was placed by Meridian Energy, New Zealand's largest state-owned electricity generator. The order comprises supply, installation and commissioning, remote control system as well as a five-year service and maintenance agreement. The commissioning of the wind power plant is scheduled for H1 2007.
A few days previously, Vestas received an even bigger order from Spain for 45 V90-2.0 MW wind turbines. The order was placed by Agrupación Eólica and includes supply, installation, commissioning and Vestas online remote monitoring systems, for five projects in Spain and France. Vestas has not disclosed the value of its orders, but the Spanish order is estimated at almost DKK 1 bn (USD 160 m). The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen and on Vestas' website.
Vestas Wind Systems has installed more than 26,000 wind turbines in more than 50 countries worldwide. The company employs 9,600 people and has production facilities in Denmark, Germany, India, Italy, UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Australia. In 2004, Vestas Wind Systems generated revenues of DKK 19.1 bn (USD 3.3 bn).
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