Danish company Vestas has won an order from EnerAB, a joint venture between The AES Corporation and Grupo BAL, for the supply and installation of wind turbines for Mexico’s 306MW Mesa la Paz wind park.
Vestas will supply and install 85 V136-3.45 MW turbines, which will be delivered in 3.6MW power optimized mode.
A 15-year Active Output Management 5000 service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park is also part of the contract.
Turbines for the wind farm, which will be built in the state of Tamaulipas, are expected to be delivered and commissioned in 2019.
Vestas said that it has increased its manufacturing footprint and commercial offering in Mexico in recent years to offer full value chain solutions.
Vestas LATAM sales senior director Enric Català said: “Vestas continues its strategic focus on the Mexican market by increasing both its manufacturing footprint and installed capacity, which support Mexico’s development and create jobs.
“With more than 1.3GW of turbines either under construction or installed in Tamaulipas alone, Mexico has evolved into a strong example for other countries in Latin America for creating a more sustainable energy mix.”
Even though Mexico is shifting to large-scale tenders and auctions, corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) continue to originate large-scale projects outside the auction systems.
EnerAB CEO Juan Ignacio Rubiolo said: “EnerAB is committed to providing safe, reliable and sustainable energy solutions to our customers. We recently won a 25-year PPA for the 306MW Mesa La Paz wind facility. It’s the first renewable PPA above 300MW in Mexico financed entirely through a US-held private company.”
By the end of last year, Vestas announced plans to establish production facilities in Mexico together with its partners to supply 4MW platform blades in Latin America.
With the Mesa la Paz wind park contract, Vestas’ order intake in Mexico has increased to more than 2.1GW, including the Reynosa III wind park.