Vestas wins 112 MW Norwegian order for the V126-3.45 MW turbine with de-icing system

OX2 has placed an order for 31 V126-3.45 MW turbines with power optimised mode to 3.6 MW and Vestas’ de-icing system, reinforcing Vestas’ market-leading position in Norway.

The firm and unconditional order is for the Raskiftet wind park in the municipalities of Amot and Trysil. The order includes Vestas’ advanced de-icing system, using air heaters to capture, heat, and propel air within the turbine blades. With VestasOnline SCADA integration, the de-icing system continuously monitors the turbines’ performance and engages when there is a net power production to be gained.

The order also includes the Vestas Obstacle Collision Avoidance System (OCAS), an intelligent radar-based system that activates the turbines’ aviation lights when an aircraft is operating in the immediate vicinity of the wind park. By activating the aviation lights only when needed, OCAS minimises visual impact while maintaining aviation safety.

“Raskiftet is OX2’s largest wind power project to date, and our first wind farm in Norway. We have worked successfully with Vestas for many years and are looking forward to building another high-quality wind farm together”, says Paul Stormoen, Managing Director of OX2 Wind.

Klaus Steen Mortensen, President of Vestas Northern Europe, adds that “We are very pleased that OX2 has chosen to work with us on their first Norwegian project, and that they have chosen Vestas’ upgraded 3 MW platform accompanied by our de-icing and collision avoidance systems for the project. Our advanced de-icing technology is a critical element in regaining full power-curve capacity in cold climate conditions, while OCAS opens up new commercial opportunities for sites with regulatory lighting restrictions”.

The order includes supply, installation, and commissioning of the turbines as well as a five-year Active Output Management service agreement (AOM5000). Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018.