Vestas wins 306MW Mexico turbine order

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Vestas obtained an order for supplying the turbines for the 306MW Mesa la Paz wind farm in Mexico's Tamaulipas state, the Danish company said in a statement Friday.

The order was placed by EnerAB, a joint venture between US power company AES Corporation and Mexican conglomerate Grupo Bal, and includes a 15-year service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park.

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The order for the US$400mn project comprises 85 3.45MW turbines delivered in 3.6MW power optimized mode, the statement said.

The farm will supply energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement between EnerAB and mining and metals group Industrias Peñoles, which is part of Grupo Bal, both of which are headed by Mexico's third richest man

Alberto Bailleres.

The northern gulf region where Tamaulipas is located currently has four substations. Transmission capacity and interconnection particularly in the northern part of the state have been identified as bottlenecks by renewables operators and government officials.

According to its energy commission, Tamaulipas has the highest wind energy potential in Mexico with five farms in operation and seven under construction. Tamaulipas will add 5,565MW of capacity by 2032, according to Mexico's energy ministry.