Wind Power

Danish Wind Manufacturer Expands U.S. Order

A U.S. energy company has ordered another 346 wind turbines from a Danish manufacturer.

RINGKOBING, Denmark – FPL Energy LLC will purchase an additional 346 turbines from Vestas Wind Systems A/S. The DKK865 million contract was made through the Danish firm’s U.S. subsidiary, American Wind Technology. Including this contract, FPL Energy now has ordered a total of 600 turbines of the 660 kilowatt size, and officials from both companies admit that they are discussing the possibility of supplying additional turbines. “We are very pleased that FPL Energy has ordered additional 346 V47 turbines”, says Johannes Poulsen, managing director of Vestas. “As the new order shall be delivered during 2001, it will not influence the Vestas Group’s expectations for result of the current year, but it will contribute to a solid order backlog at the end of the year.” In September, FPL Energy purchased an additional 150 turbines from Vestas. The first order of 150 turbines was completed during the summer, worth DKK 375 million. Another subsidiary, Vestas – International Wind Technology A/S, has received an order from its Japanese distributor, Vestech Japan Corporation, for 24 turbines that can generate 40 megawatts of electricity. That order is worth DKK 225 million. In June, Vestech of Tokyo was appointed as sole distributor of Vestas turbines on the Japanese market. The largest shareholders of that company are Toyota Trading Corp. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The 24 turbines will be delivered early next year to two sites in northern Japan with approximately 25 MW and 15 MW of capacity, respectively. “It is a pleasure to see that the agreement with Vestech now provides result,” says Poulsen. “We look forward to see the further progress in the Japanese market.”