estas has received a 140 MW order to power the Halkirk II wind project owned by Capital Power in Alberta. The order consists of 31 individual V150-4.5 MW wind turbines, and includes supply, delivery, and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a 10-year ‘Active Output Management’ 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, intended to ensure optimised performance of the asset.
The V150-4.5 MW™ turbines are said to capture higher park Annual Energy Production with an expanded global applicability. Where permits allow, the higher rating variant delivers an over 3 percent increase in annual energy production compared to the V150-4.2 MW™, while maintaining the same application space and noise level. Using wind energy at lower wind speeds is made possible by enlarging the wind turbine’s rotor size to extract more wind energy for any given site. This is particularly relevant for megawatt-constrained projects, where project economics are enhanced by delivering the maximum MWh per MW of maximum possible power output.
A company spokesman comments: "At Vestas, we continue to enhance the capacity factor of our turbines by building on our well-proven wind turbine technologies and capitalising on the established global supply chain. Each of the evolutionary steps takes us further towards increasing energy production at wind park level and optimising predictability in wind power generation. This improves our customers’ business case and project investments within, and more importantly, beyond LCoE considerations."
Laura Beane, president of Vestas North America, commented: “The 4 MW platform is ideally suited for Alberta’s wind environment and our … service operations will ensure Capital Power’s projects operate at full capacity.”
“We’re excited to once again partner with Vestas for the supply of wind turbine technology for our Halkirk II Wind project, another critical facet of our balanced approach to net zero by 2045,” said Steve Owens, senior VP, Construction and Engineering for Capital Power. “The V150-4.5 MW wind turbines will bring our Halkirk II Wind project to life as we continue to power a sustainable future for people and planet.”
Turbine delivery is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2024 with commissioning scheduled for fourth quarter 2024.