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New orders gear up Vestas in neck-and-neck US turbine race

The Danish wind turbine manufacturer wins three orders mostly in the 2MW class across the US

Danish wind turbine OEM Vestas has announced orders with more than 600MW combined in the past few days, as it races with arch-rival GE for dominance in the 2MW market in the US.

Vestas today said it has received an order for 149MW, consisting of 12 of its V110-2.0MW turbines and 57 of its V120-2.0MW machines for an unnamed US project.

Turbine delivers will start in the second quarter of next year, with commissioning scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.

The turbine manufacturer on Friday had said it won an order for 183MW of its V120-2.2MW turbines (with a number of them operating in 2.0MW mode) in the US, also for an undisclosed project. That order is slated for commissioning in the fourth quarter of next year as well.

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And the Danish company last Wednesday announced a 269MW deal to deliver three of its V110.2.0MW turbines, 22 of its V120-2.2MW machines, and 51 of its V150-4.2MW turbines for another wind project in the US, also scheduled for commissioning in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Vestas in the recent past has dominated the US market with its 2.0 platform, although GE has made some inroads with its 2.3-116 model, with Siemens Gamesa the other big player.

The Danish OEM in the second quarter had taken the lead in US turbines sales from GE, a status that the American manufacturer reconquered in the third quarter.

But data from the American Wind Energy Association also shows that GE had a clear lead when it comes to wind projects that are either already under construction or in advanced development.

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