Vestas, the largest producer of wind turbines, is entering the Latvian energy market. The Danish company will deliver turbines to the construction site of the Targale onshore wind farm in Latvia. Vestas opened its first office in Latvia in April 2021. The plan is also to launch a service hub near the port of Ventspils.
Vestas announced that an order has been placed with the manufacturer to supply 14 V136-4.2 MW wind turbines for installation in the Targale, onshore wind farm located near the city of Ventspils (Polish: Windawa). The total capacity of the power plant will be 59 MW. The owner of the installation will be a company dedicated to the Estonian energy company Utilitas.
Vestas already established its first office in Latvia in April 2021 to improve operations in the market in that country. The manufacturer’s task is to deliver wind turbines and provide service for the project for the next 20 years under a long-term contract, assuming an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) maintenance contract.
The contract provides for the delivery of wind turbines in the second quarter of 2022, while the commissioning of the installations is planned for the third quarter. In order to seal Vestas’s entry into Latvia and service new wind projects such as Targale, it is also planned to establish a local Vestas service hub in Latvia in 2022, near Ventspils port.
Nils de Baar, Vestas CEO for Northern and Central Europe, emphasized that this is the first project implemented together with Utilitas.
– We are positive about Latvia as a market. We are delighted to be selected for turbine delivery and long-term service on the Targale project. This project may become a key factor for the Latvian wind industry as the country is developing and achieving good results in terms of zero-emission energy towards 50% share of renewable energy until 2030 – said the company’s representative – Nils de Baar.
Vestas seems to be the right choice as it is the energy industry’s global partner for sustainable energy solutions. He has already designed and developed wind energy projects with a capacity of 132 GW in 82 countries.
Latvia has no small goals with regard to the energy transformation. She assumed that until 2030 renewable energy would be responsible for 50 percent electricity produced. The Latvian national action plan in the field of renewable energy for 2020 assumes 40 percent share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption and 53% share in heat consumption.