Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer, has gained a large order from China which is out of the ordinary in several respects. For one thing, the order is for its smaller scale 850 kW turbine. For another, the order has been placed by a nuclear energy group. And thirdly, the order will be supplied from Vestas' own manufacturing plant in Tianjin rather from Europe, as has previously been the case for small turbines.
Guangdong Nuclear Wind Power Co. Ltd, which is part of the China Guangdong Nuclear Group, has placed the order for 232 units of the Vestas V52-850 kW turbine which also includes commissioning and a two year maintenance and service agreement, writes Vestas in a press release. Delivery of the turbines to four projects in Inner Mongolia will begin in mid 2008 and is slated for completion by the end of 2009.
Vestas has four manufacturing plants in China, which until now have concentrated on producing the much larger 2 MW turbine. But last year Vestas announced that it would expand its capacity with the production of V52-850 kW turbines.
"Such a large order is very positive news, particularly because it is a nuclear energy concern which is focusing on wind energy. We see that as a very good sign," said Thorbjørn N Rasmussen, president of Vestas Asia Pacific, to financial daily newspaper Børsen. It is the first time that Guangdong Nuclear Wind Power Co. has placed an order with Vestas.
Vestas Wind Systems is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs over 13,500 people worldwide. The company has installed more than 33,500 wind turbines in 63 countries and five continents, and is installing a new turbine every five hours. Vestas has production facilities in Denmark, Germany, China, India, Italy, UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Australia and is constructing a turbine blade factory in Colorado, USA. In 2006, Vestas Wind Systems generated revenues of DKK 28.7 bn (USD 5.1 bn)