Goldwind gets 51MW Cuba order

Chinese wind turbine maker Goldwind has secured a 51MW supply deal in Cuba.

Goldwind will deliver 34 of its 1.5MW direct-drive machines to the La Herradura wind farm in Cuba’s Las Tunas province.

The contract is with Energoimport, a subsidiary of Cuba’s Union Electrica, Goldwind said in a statement.

The plant is a Class IIA site with an average speed of about 7.5m/s. Goldwind will provide customised versions of its 77/1500 DDPM turbines to suit the conditions.

The order comes with a two-year service agreement.

Delivery is due by the end of next year and the wind farm is expected to be linked to the Cuban grid by June 2015 – providing more than 1% of the country’s total power needs, according to Goldwind.

Goldwind last made a mark in Cuba in 2009 when it supplied six 750kW turbines to the nation.

The company is increasingly looking for oportunities beyond the Chinese market, with recent deals including projects in Romania and Thailand.

Yantian Pan, deputy general manager of Goldwind International, said: "By maintaining our principle of creating value for our customers and our 'internationalisation through localisation' strategy, Goldwind has become competitive in international markets.”