Vestas to build Latin America’s largest wind farm

Vestas has received a 396-megawatt order in Mexico for a project that, once complete, will represent the largest wind farm in Latin America.

The order consists of 132 units of its V90-3.0 megawatt turbines to support the project, which will be located in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, Vestas said.

Marena Renovables, owned by Mitsubishi Corp., Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund and Dutch pension fund PGGM, placed the order. Delivery of the turbines will start in the second quarter.

Vestas will provide a range of services to build the wind farm, including electrical, civil, supply, installation and commissioning. The turnkey contract also includes a 10-year service and maintenance agreement.

“This is a very important milestone for Vestas, as we look to strengthen our leadership position in Latin America and globally,” Chief Sales Officer Juan Araluce said in a statement.

An operating company of global brewer Heineken N.V. and another company that controls the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the region will buy the project’s power generation under 20-year purchase agreements.

Vestas plants in Windsor and Brighton will not manufacture components for the Mexico wind farm, spokesman Andrew Longeteig said.
The Brighton plants currently make parts only for two-megawatt turbines. The plants eventually will make parts for three-megawatt turbines such as those used in the Mexico farm.
The Windsor plant is making components for about 20 wind farms in the United States and Canada, he said.
“The Windsor factory is already very busy,” he said.

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