Vestas: Alberta turbine deal is its largest Canadian win ever

Vestas' Canadian contract extension

Vestas said the deal is the company's largest ever.

Vestas Wind Systems officials said Monday the company has received its largest turbine order ever for a massive Canadian project.

While the company released no financial details of the “firm and unconditional order,” the company plans to deliver 166 1.8 megawatt wind turbines for the 299 MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project. The arrangement, for a joint venture of EDF EN Canada Inc. and Enbridge, includes a 20-year service and maintenance agreement.

Deliveries for the project, located near Lethbridge, Alberta, are scheduled for the second half of 2013. The turbines are expected to begin operating by mid-2014.

Chris Brown, Vestas’ president of sales and service in North America, said the partnership with EDF EN Canada and Enbridge shows that the companies are confident in Vestas' ability to make high-end turbines.

That confidence will translate into good things for Vestas' Portland office, Brown predicted.

"Anything that happens with us worldwide is good for our Portland business," he said. "Anytime we can add megawatts in America, it's a good start."

Brown referred to the industry's recent slowdown, which Vestas continues to ride out as it seeks more partners. He said the company is talking to at least two Oregon companies about possible collaborations.

"We have to keep trying to get deals," Brown said.

The 20-year service agreement is the longest for a turbine order in Vestas’ history. The agreement features an energy-based availability guarantee that ensures the turbines are operating when the wind is blowing.

Vestas’ U.S. factories in Colorado will help make the components for Blackspring Ridge. The project becomes Canada’s sixth wind power plant to use V100-1.8 MW turbines.

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