Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems has secured an order to build Sri Lanka's first large-scale wind farm, the Mannar, CEB sources said.
Vestas Wind Systems has said it has been selected by Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to install the Mannar wind farm. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract had been obtained in an international tender which included the delivery, installation and commissioning of 30 V126-3.45 MW turbines, as well as civil and electrical works.
Vestas will install Sri Lanka’s first large-scale wind park, the 104-megawatt (MW) Mannar Wind Power Project, the Danish wind giant announced recently. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract was awarded by Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the main utility company of Sri Lanka, in an international tender, according to a statement from Vestas. The project, which was conceived by CEB and is fully funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), marks the return of Vestas to Sri Lanka after 19 years, the press release said.
The project will also include a full-scope Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement as well as the Vestas Online Business SCADA solution lowering turbine downtime to optimize the energy output.
"We are very excited with this order and the opportunity to be back in Sri Lanka," said Clive Turton, president of Vestas Asia Pacific. "This tender signifies a clear indication of CEB and local policymakers' intention to promote sustainable energy sources as well as increase the mix of sustainable energy in the local grid.
Vestas looks forward to working together with our local partners and the local authorities towards this common goal," he added.
Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019, and the project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020.