First for Vestas in ‘challenging’ South Korean wind market

First for Vestas in ‘challenging’ South Korean wind market

Vestas notched up the first order in South Korea for its V136-4.2 MW turbine, gaining a foothold for the larger machine in a market it said offers challenges of “terrain complexity, highly turbulent wind conditions and limited areas for development”.

The Danish wind OEM will deliver the turbines to the 42MW the Cheongsong Myeonbong Mt Wind Power project being built by contractor Kumho Industrial Co.

Installation of the turbines is due to start in late 2021, with a “high percentage of local content” thanks to use of local steel and towers, and a 20-year service agreement wrapped in.

Phillip Gooda, technical bid manager of Vestas North East Asia, said: “As Korea is typically a challenging market with respect to terrain complexity, highly turbulent wind conditions and limited areas for development, the realisation of this project is a great testament to the hard work of the Vestas siting team.

“In close collaboration with Kumho, we have been able to optimise the site and maintain acceptable turbine loading that have enabled us to introduce newer and bigger rotors to the market.”

The South Korean deal takes Vestas’s order tally for 2019 to 15.56GW, in what is already a new record annual intake for the Danish group.