Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer, has gained a 123 MW order from EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF-EN), a major player in the wind power and renewable energy markets. The order is part of a framework agreement that Vestas and EDF-EN entered in November 2006 comprising delivery of 100 MW in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The agreement at that time included an option to purchase an additional 200 MW for delivery in 2009, and it is this option EDF-EN is now utilising.
With the new order, Vestas will supply a total of 223 MW to EDF-EN in 2009 for five wind power plants in Greece, two in France and one in Italy.
"We are pleased that EDF-EN has exercised the option in our framework agreement and chosen Vestas as its partner for these large wind energy projects in the Mediterranean area," says Juan Araluce, President of Vestas Mediterranean in a press release. "We are particularly pleased to see the confidence placed in our V90-3.0 MW turbine. We look forward to further developing our long-term partnership with EDF-EN and extending our business collaboration into new markets."
Vestas is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs 15,305 people worldwide. The company has installed more than 35,000 wind turbines in 63 countries on five continents, and is installing a new turbine every four hours. In 2007, Vestas generated revenues of EUR 4.9bn and profit after tax totalled EUR 291m. The company has production facilities in Denmark, Germany, China, India, Italy, UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Australia and USA.