Zuma Energia has placed a firm and unconditional order with Vestas for the 424 MW Parque Eolico Reynosa project in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Vestas will be supplying 123 V136-3.45 MW turbines. The order includes supply and installation of the wind turbines, as well as a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 service contract. Delivery is expected to begin late 2017, and commissioning is expected in 2018.
The project is part of the capacity awarded in Mexico’s second long-term electricity auction, held by the government’s Secretariat of Energy and National Energy Control Centre in September. Acciona has been commissioned to build the wind farm.
With this contract, Vestas’ order intake from Mexico’s energy auctions reaches almost 500 MW. Vestas says it pioneered the Mexican wind energy market back in 1994 when it installed the first commercial wind turbine in the country. With this new order, Vestas has more than 1.5 GW of wind turbines either installed or under construction in Mexico.
“Mexico is undergoing a historical moment in its energy policy, and we are extremely pleased to play an active role in this process. By building Mexico’s largest wind park with Vestas’ turbines, we are taking a bold step in the country’s transition towards renewables,” says Adrián Katzew, CEO of Zuma Energía.
“Tamaulipas has a leading position in the country within wind energy, and we are proud to be part of this by installing the Reynosa project,” adds Angélica Ruiz Celis, Vestas’ managing director for Mexico and northern Latin America. “The blades for V136-3.45 MW projects in Latin America will be produced in Mexico, which underlines our long-term localization strategy in Mexico and Vestas’ strong commitment to support Mexico´s renewable target of 35 percent of clean energy by 2024.”