Vestas confirms Philippines deal

Vestas has confirmed its deal to supply 87MW to the Philippines under an EPC contract for a wind farm there.

The Denmark-based group will install 29 of its V90-3.0 MW turbines and carry out associated on-site civil and electrical works at the Burgos project in Ilocos Norte province.

The customer is Energy Development Corporation (EDC), a Philippines-based power producer.

Turbine commissioning is due in the second half of 2014 and the deal includes a 10-year service agreement.

The deal is hardly a surprise – EDC has made several references to Vestas’ role in public statements – but the Danish company declined to comment until the order became firm and unconditional.

According to the Vestas, the deal is early fruit of its ambitions to win business in developing Asian wind markets, following the merger of its China and Asia-Pacific organisations last year.

A Vestas statement said: “EDC and Vestas have worked closely together on the realisation of the Burgos project for more than two years.

“This has included efforts in support of the recent establishment in the Philippines of a regulatory framework and feed-in tariff for wind energy, which has enabled EDC to commit to this project.”

EDC is reportedly seeking approval to boost Burgos up to 150MW. It is already the country's largest wind project.

Vestas quoted forecasts that the Philippines may add more than 500MW of new wind power by 2020.

Yesterday environmental group WWF warned of concerns that renewables deployment in the Philippines could stall because of slow policy prgress.