With reference to Vestas Wind Systems A/S’ company announcement No. 20/2011 of 11 May 2011, Vestas has received through Aksu Temiz Enerji Elektrik Üretim Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi an order from Ayen Energy for delivery of 36 units of the 2 MW platform turbines for the Aksu wind power plant to be installed in the city of Kayseri, Turkey.
The order comprises supply, installation on-site and commissioning of the turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system, as well as a seven-year service agreement including the Active Output Management package ‘AOM 4000’. The AOM 4000 is a full-scope service contract, consisting of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and consumables, which offers solid risk management for customers, who want an availability guarantee measured against an agreed threshold. This type of contract offers customers assured performance avoiding unforeseen operational costs of any kind.
Delivery of the turbines is scheduled to start in Q2 2011 and the project is expected to be completed in Q4 2011.
The order has been placed by Aksu Temiz Enerji Elektrik Üretim Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi, a subsidiary of Ayen Energy, which has installed hydroelectric power plants and a natural gas plant. In addition, Ayen Energy has already built one wind power plant, and is currently in the process of constructing two others; the three of them represent a total wind capacity of more than 80 MW.
Fahrettin Amir Arman, Board Member states: “We consider that Vestas has the proven technology able to meet the requirements of the Aksu project and that they are the wind turbine supplier and service provider which best can meet our needs. We are currently diversifying the energy portfolio of our company, and we see wind energy as a competitive, sustainable and complementary energy source. This 72 MW project, which will be the largest wind power plant we have installed so far, is an important step towards the diversification of our energy investments. We look forward to working together with Vestas, the global wind technology leader, on this project.”
“We are extremely pleased that Ayen Energy has selected Vestas as preferred supplier for their largest wind investment, the Aksu project. Having been selected on the grounds of our solid experience, global track record and technological leadership, we hope that this project will lay the foundations for a long-lasting collaboration between the two companies,” expresses Ali Neyzi, Vice President of Vestas Türkiye.
“The Aksu project directly supports Vestas’ vision: ‘Wind, Oil and Gas’. Ayen Energy’s investment in wind power is a good example of how energy companies around the world are diversifying their energy portfolio. Moreover, it shows the important role that wind can play going forward in Turkey and other parts of the world, as an energy source on a par with more traditional energy sources,” concludes Juan Araluce, President of Vestas Mediterranean.
The Aksu wind power plant has an estimated annual production of 205,000 MWh per year, which corresponds to an annual emission saving of around 98,000 tons of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, it will provide enough electricity to cover the residential electricity consumption of almost 415,000 people in Turkey.