Uruguay has reached 1,000 MW in wind power and expects to surpass 1,300 MW of installed capacity by the end of 2016 and further increase the contribution of wind power to the country’s electrical system, with the aim of meeting 38% of its energy consumption in 2017 with the same.
The 1,000 MW have been achieved in the Pampa wind farm following the entry into operation of the N117 / 2400 turbine, supplied by Nordex. The company thus reinvigorates its commitment to the development of wind energy in Uruguay and maintains its firm commitment to this market, 17 years after having installed the country´s first wind turbine -a N27 / 150 of 150 KW in 1999.
In the words of Patxi Landa, CSO Nordex SE: “We are very proud to be part of the realization of UTE (National Administration of Power Plants and Electrical Transmissions, an Uruguayan state-owned enterprise) vision to change the energy landscape in Uruguay. It is a country where we have installed more than 300 MW to date, and we intend to continue to increase that number. “
Nordex in Ururguay
Nordex has installed a total of 309 MW in Uruguay distributed among four wind farms: Juan Pablo Terra (67 MW), Florida (50 MW), Melowind (50 MW) and Pampa (142 MW). Out of this capacity, 209 MW have been supplied under turnkey contracts. As part of its wide range of services, Nordex is also providing operation and maintenance services for 100% of its installed capacity in the country, reports a press note Nearly 50 of its 5,000 employees work in the company’s subsidiary in Uruguay.
Through its recent merger with Acciona Windpower, Nordex is positioned as a strategic player in wind energy. Pending become the fifth manufacturer in the world, it also consolidates its global presence and its product range, the note explains.
In fact, the Nordex Group will be responsible for supplying wind turbines to the wind farm project awarded to Acciona in the last tender of the Government of Chile. Confirmation of the merger of the two companies in April has already allowed Acciona increase its profits six-fold in the first half, and now it will facilitate Nordex entry into the Latin American market.