Vestas has received a 240 MW order to repower the Vitol Wind ‘Big Sky’ wind project in Illinois, USA, marking the first co–operation between the two companies. The order consists of 104 x V120-2.2 MW turbines and five V110-2.0 MW turbines in 2.2 MW operating mode, replacing the project’s current array of 109 Suzlon S88-2.1 MW turbines.
“We are thrilled to partner with Vitol Wind on their first large wind project in the USA as they continue to grow their global portfolio.” said Laura Beane, president of Vestas North America. “Repowering wind projects offers an optimal solution for asset owners of aging fleets by extending the production lifespan of the project while decreasing costs.”
Andrew de Pass, head of Renewables, Vitol Inc said “Vitol has a growing global portfolio of renewable assets. Repowering Big Sky Wind is an exciting step and part of our strategy to invest in, build and optimise the performance of renewable assets across our portfolio. We … continue to seek new renewable opportunities”.
The order includes supply and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a 20-year ‘Active Output Management 5000’ (AOM 5000) service agreement, intended to ensure optimised performance of the asset. Turbine delivery for the orders begin in the fourth quarter of 2021 with commissioning scheduled for the second quarter of 2022