Vestas, Danish manufacturer of wind turbines, received an order for the largest wind project in Australia – with the new V112 wind turbines now marketed in onshore and offshore versions.

AGL Energy Operators (large public producer and supplier of renewable energy in New Zealand) and Meridian (developer of renewable energy projects) have ordered 140 V112 wind turbines of 3,0 MW. The Marcarthur wind farm will become the largest in the southern hemisphere with 420 MW of renewable energy.

The Macarthur site is located west of the State of Victoria in Australia between the towns of Macarthur, Hawkesdale and Penshurst. It is one of many projects related to the target of 20% renewable energy (Renewable Energy Target – RET) adopted by the Australian Parliament late in June.

The Macarthur wind farm will be jointly installed by Vestas and Leighton Contractors, a consortium. The signing of the August 12 contract covers engineering, procurement and construction agreement for the provision of service and maintenance for a period of 10 years and a SCADA VestasOnline ® Business.

“The low cost of energy and the possibility of more with less installed MW turbines represented the strengths of the V112-3,0 MW. To ensure that the platform V112-3,0 MW was the right solution for the project and Macarthur have analyzed in depth before making our choice, we conducted many site visits and technical meetings, “says Tim Lusk, Chief General of Meridian Energy.

“The V112 has a high productivity thanks to the large area swept by the blades, the efficiency of its rotor, easier maintenance and improved reliability. A set synonymous with excellent availability. At the forefront of technology, our test center allows us to ensure its reliability, “says Finn Strøm Madsen, President of Vestas Technology R & D. He continued: “This order marks the launch of our new wind V112-3,0 MW available for sale for the onshore and offshore.

The on-site delivery of the first turbine is expected during the third quarter of 2011 and the facility should be fully completed at the end of the first half of 2013.

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