Vestas announced a deal to equip what it claims will be the largest wind farm so far in Latin America – Engie’s 846MW Serra de Assuruá project in Brazil.

The Danish wind OEM booked a firm order from the French developer for the project’s 540MW first phase, which will use 120 Vestas V150-4.5MW machines. Engie also has an option to buy another 68 of the turbines by the end of the year to equip the second phase.

The wind farm is due to come online in the second half of 2024 in the state of Bahia. Vestas also agreed a 25-year active output management service agreement it said “optimise energy production while also providing long-term business case certainty”.

The deal for Serra de Assuruá marks another big moment for the V150 in Latin America, where Vestas has booked orders for more than 8GW in Brazil alone since 2018.

The 504MW first phase firm deal came as a major late boost to Vestas’ Q3 order tally, which in the final days of the quarter also grew thanks to 185MW from the US, 50MW in Japan and 74MW each in Finland and Lithuania.

By the end of the quarter on 30 September the wind group had booked 1.24GW of onshore and offshore firm orders, excluding any unannounced orders that will be added later. In 2021’s third quarter Vestas registered 3.72GW, including unannounced deals.

Update adds final Q3 order tally