Alstom inks 80MW Texas deal

Alstom has announced its first major wind-turbine order in the US in more than a year, with the French industrial giant unveiling plans to supply Tri Global Energy’s 80MW Fiber Winds project in Texas.

Even as Alstom stacked up big orders in Brazil, Mexico and Canada last year, orders in the US proved elusive.

Tri Global Energy, a Dallas-based wind developer with projects underway in Texas and New Mexico, has not yet reached financial close for the Fiber Winds project, sited near Lorenzo, in northwestern Texas.

But Tri Global has committed to buying 25 of Alstom’s Eco122 turbines – rated at 2.7MW each and designed for low-wind sites – and an additional four of its Eco110 turbines.

Alstom confirms that the turbine-supply agreement was secured on 30 December, meaning that the project is eligible for the Production Tax Credit.

Construction is expected to commence in mid-2014, with commercial operation slated for 2015.

In addition to its ambitions for the onshore wind market – achieved most successfully in Brazil to date – Alstom also intends to play a major role in the next phase of Europe’s offshore wind roll-out with via its 6MW Haliade machine.

Last week Alstom announced that Yves Rannou will replace Alfonso Faubel as senior vice president in charge of the the wind division, effective 1 April.