The last of the 42 turbines is expected to be installed within April this year. The order has been placed by LUKERG Renew, a joint venture between ERG Renew and LUKOIL. ERG Renew is Italy’s largest wind energy producer, with an installed capacity of 1,340 MW throughout Europe. LUKOIL is a major international vertically-integrated oil and gas company, accounting for 2.2 per cent of global output of crude oil.
The agreement is based on Vestas’ Active Output Management (AOM) 5000, which offers an energy-based availability guarantee that ensures the turbines are operational when the wind is blowing. This service option includes the VestasOnline® surveillance system that remotely controls and monitors the turbines. This makes it possible to conduct preventative maintenance that minimises turbine downtime. Topolog Dorobantu wind power plant will be the first project in Romania benefiting from this new service platform.
“We are pleased to receive this service order with an option for up to 150 MW wind power plants from our highly valued customer LUKERG Renew. We are happy to support our customer’s business case with our 30 years of wind energy experience and modern Active Output Management service package”, says Mikael Rönholm-Nielsen, Vice President Sales, Austria/Eastern Europe. “This contract underlines LUKERG Renew’s confidence in our expertise and in our capability to provide the optimal service for their large wind power plants in an important market such as Romania.”
The Topolog Dorobantu project is one of the largest projects in Romania and produces more than 200 GWh per year, which corresponds to an annual saving of almost 110,000 tons of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, it provides enough electricity to cover the residential electricity consumption of more than 60,000 Romanian households.
Every single day, Vestas wind turbines (vestas.com) deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas’ more than 51,000 wind turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by over 60 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence. Today, Vestas has installed turbines in 73 countries, providing jobs for around 16,000 passionate people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. With 62 per cent more megawatts installed than our closest competitor and more than 60 GW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is the world leader in wind energy.
The headquarters of Vestas Central Europe is located in Hamburg, Germany. The business unit is responsible for the sales and marketing of wind power systems as well as for the installation and operation of wind power plants in Germany, Benelux, Austria, Russia, Eastern Europe and Southern and Eastern Africa.
Vestas entered the Romanian market in 2008 and is now the market leader here, with headquarters in Bucharest as well as several working sites in the field for construction and service activities. The local economy benefits greatly from wind energy’s ability to drive economic growth; skilled jobs are created also in remote areas and around 60 per cent of the revenues generated through the lifetime of a modern 3 MW wind power plant go to local construction companies, suppliers, service providers and communities.