A power utility in Australia has placed an order for 128 MW of wind turbines from Australian Wind Technology Pty. Ltd.RINGKØBING, Denmark 2002-02-15 [SolarAccess.com] The wholly-owned Australian subsidiary of Denmark’s Vestas Group says the value of the order is 680 million DKK. The order was placed by Hydro Tasmania, which operates more than 2,500 MW of hydropower in the state of Tasmania. The order consists of V66 turbines which have a rated faceplate capacity of 1.75 MW each. The first 54 MW will be delivered next year for installation at Bluff Point on the northwest coast of Tasmania. The balance of the turbines will be delivered in 2004. “Hydro Tasmania is one of Australia’s most committed companies in development of renewable energy resources and we look forward to assisting Hydro Tasmania in exploiting the vast wind resources of Australia,” says Johannes Poulsen of Vestas Wind Systems A/S. “The potential in Tasmania seems very promising and Vestas is currently investigating the feasibility of establishing local blade manufacturing.” The turbines will be assembled locally by Vestas and some components will be sourced locally in Tasmania. The Australian order does not influence Vestas’ sales expectations for 2002.