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15 June 2017 2017 03:29 PM GMT

Vestas Strides Onwards, Winning 90 MW Order For The Largest Wind Park In Greece

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order to supply and install 25 units of V136-3.45 MW turbines delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimised Mode. The turbines will be installed at the Kassidiaris wind park complex in the region of Epirus in northwestern Greece.

“Vestas has shown a great understanding of the project’s specific requirements and provided their latest technology, solutions and wind expertise to achieve the best returns. By using the V136-3.45 MW in its 3.6 MW Power Optimised Mode, the project will exceed the initial target for performance and benefits”, says Dr A. Fragoulis, Technical Director of Eltech Anemos S.A.

The contract comprises supply and installation of the wind turbines as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM4000) service agreement to optimise energy output at all times. Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018.

“Building the largest wind park in Greece underlines Vestas’ market-leading position and we are pleased to partner with Eltech Anemos S.A. once again for another landmark project. By introducing the V136-3.45 MW to the Greek market in 3.6 Power Optimised Mode, we are also raising the bar for energy output in the market and I am confident the Kassidiaris project will strengthen our partnership even further”, says President of Vestas Mediterranean Marco Graziano. In 2015, Vestas signed the 40 MW Lyrkio project with Eltech Anemos S.A. and has in total installed around 1.3 GW of wind turbines in Greece.

Vestas designs, manufactures, installs, and services wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 83 GW of wind turbines in 75 countries, it has installed more wind power than anyone else. Through its industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled more than 73 GW of wind turbines under service, it uses data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources to deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Vestas’ has more than 22,000 employees worldwide.

Image: Courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S

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