– UTE chooses Nordex N117/2400 for its largest wind farm
– 28 wind turbines will supply 67.2 MW capacity
Chicago, Illinois, 30 January 2013.Nordex USA, Inc. concluded an agreement with Usinas y Transmisiones Eléctricas (UTE), Uruguay’s state power company, for the sale of 28 of its N117/2400 wind turbines for the Juan Pablo Terra wind farm. Nordex, a leading global manufacturer of utility scale wind turbines, will be responsible for delivery, installation and commissioning and for ongoing maintenance for a minimum of 10 years under a Premium Service Contract.
The site, on the border with Brazil, is located a few miles from the city of Artigas, in the north of Uruguay, about 370 miles (600 kilometers) from Montevideo, the capital city. This will be largest wind farm owned by UTE and represents the country’s commitment to the growth of renewable energy. Delivery of turbines is slated to begin in February 2014 with project completion in June 2014.
The newest addition to Nordex’ established multi-megawatt fleet, the N117/2400 is designed specifically for light wind regimes, maximizing the power produced at sites where wind resources were previously considered unsuitable for wind energy. The turbines, on 91 meter towers, are particularly well-suited to the site. Each of the 2.4 MW turbines will be capable of powering about 3,500 Uruguayan homes.
“We are honored that UTE has chosen Nordex and our technology for this important project. Uruguay’s first wind turbine was a Nordex N27/250 installed in 2000 for UTE as customer and still running successfully today,” noted Ralf Sigrist, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nordex Americas. “Our company has always been recognized for its engineering expertise and leadership and this is exemplified by the changes in size, productivity and competitiveness that we have achieved over the past decade.”
Gonzalo Casaravilla, President of UTE commented, “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Nordex, a company known worldwide for its quality, capabilities and its dedication to wind energy. Their commitment to a renewable energy future matches our own.”
As one of the technological leaders in multi-megawatt wind power systems, Nordex is benefiting from the trend in favour of large-scale turbines. The range comprises one of the world’s largest series-produced wind power systems (N90/2500, N100/2500, N117/2400). To date, over 2,100 turbines of this type have been installed around the world. This experience with multi-megawatt turbines gives Nordex a decisive lead over most of its competitors. Nordex has installed a total of around 5,200 turbines with an aggregate capacity of more than 8,170 MW all around the world. With exports accounting for more than 85 percent of its business, Nordex SE plays a key role in international high-growth regions. The Company has offices and subsidiaries in 22 countries around the world with a total global headcount of over 2,500 employees.
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