Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer, has announced in a press release that it has received an order for 116 V52-850 kW wind turbines from China Guangdong Nuclear Wind Power, one of the key wind power developers in China. The order includes supply and a 2 year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is planned for Q3 2009.
This latest order, the 8th from China Guangdong Nuclear Wind Power in the last 12 months, is an exact copy of its 7th order placed in October for 116 units of the same turbine type. Clearly the customer is becoming a fan of the compact V52* product which Vestas describes in its literature as "the turbine that goes anywhere" on account of its ease of transportation and installation, and operational flexibility in a variety of terrain types.
Vestas China managing director Lars Andersen comments in the press release: “This sale is proof of both the reliability of our product and the overall business case certainty of our wind energy solutions. Vestas is strongly committed to the Chinese market and to working with our Chinese partners to support the overall development of China’s wind energy sector.”
Vestas is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs 17,000 people worldwide. The company has installed more than 35,500 wind turbines in 63 countries on five continents, and has a 23% share of the world market. In H1 2008, Vestas increased its net profit by 44% to EUR 98m (USD 123m). The company's forecast for 2008 is a 25% worldwide market share and a turnover of EUR 5,700m (USD 7,152m).
*Readers may like to know that the Vestas code designation gives a handy guide to size: the number following the V is the diameter of the rotor in metres. So a V52 has a rotor diameter of 52 metres (170 feet) – Ed.