EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) has placed an order for nine V105-3.45MW turbines, confirming the competitiveness of the 3 MW platform in the UK.

The order is part of a new Master Supply Agreement (MSA) signed between EDF EN and Vestas.

Vestas has received a 31 MW order for the Beck Burn wind project in northwest England. Building on the proven design of the 3 MW platform and emphasising the flexibility of Vestas’ product portfolio, the V105-3.45 MW turbines are optimised to meet the demanding UK tip-height restrictions.

The order is part of a new MSA, structured as a share-of-wallet agreement, for EDF EN to purchase from Vestas a minimum of 45 percent of its future onshore wind installations in Europe and a minimum of 30 percent of its future onshore wind installations in the United States for deliveries in 2016 to 2019.

Antoine Cahuzac, CEO of EDF Energies Nouvelles says that "EDF Energies Nouvelles has plans to significantly grow its wind asset base; this long-term agreement will help us in reaching our goals as it offers the opportunity to secure flexibility and cost-efficiency for a lot of our upcoming wind projects.
"We do appreciate that Vestas operates in most of EDF Energies Nouvelles’ targeted countries".

"We’re very happy to receive this UK order for the V105-3.45 MW turbine. This is the first time we are awarded a V105 project in the UK, and this once again emphasises the competitiveness and flexibility of our 3 MW platform in a market typically dominated by height restrictions and less efficient technologies.
"Both the 31 MW order and the frame agreement are the result of a close collaboration and a strong track record between EDF EN and Vestas", says President of Vestas Northern Europe, Klaus Steen Mortensen.

The 31 MW Beck Burn order includes supply, installation, and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a Service and Availability Agreement (AOM 4000). Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The MSA includes a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system and the option of establishing several schemes of service and maintenance contracts in different countries in close partnership with EDF EN.