Vestas has received a 200 MW order for 111 V90-1.8 MW turbines from Enel Green Power North America, Inc., for the Caney River wind-energy project in Elk County, Kansas.
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For the Danish manufacturer, the news was a welcomed tonic after a week that started with federal regulators announcing they’ve cited Vestas Towers America in Pueblo for alleged safety and health violations.
The new contract includes delivery, commissioning and five-year service/ maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2011 and commissioning is expected in late 2011.
“We look forward to working again with Enel on another project in Kansas,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc.
“Enel is one of the world’s most experienced developers of wind-power projects, and they selected the ideal turbine for this project.”
Vestas’ Colorado-based factories will be involved in manufacturing the blades and towers, as well as nacelle and hub assembly, for the Caney River project, which will be the third-largest wind farm in Kansas. This project will provide direct and indirect economic benefits to Elk County in terms of long-term jobs and property-tax revenues generated from the turbines.
Vestas and Enel previously teamed up on the first phase of the Smoky Hills wind-energy project near Salina, Kan., which was completed in 2008 using 56 V80-1.8 MW turbines. Enel also purchased Vestas turbines for a 63 MW project outside Snyder, Texas, which was also commissioned in 2008.
Vestas has developed a dominant wind turbine presence in Kansas, with 326 of its units at four sites throughout the state, including the Meridian Way wind farm pictured above.