Nordex expands in South America with 99MW Argentina contract
German wind energy group Nordex has won a contract to provide turbines for a 99MW wind farm in Argentina, thus expanding its presence in the region.
Nordex is set to supply and assemble 30 of its AW132/300 turbines to the wind farm, and will also locally manufacture the 120m concrete towers for the facility. In addition, the agreement includes a multi-year service contract.
The Energética wind farm is owned by AES Argentina Generacíon, a subsidiary of the energy provder AES Corporation. It is located in the Province of Buenos Aires, near Bahia Blanca, in a region noted for its wind speeds.
Currently, the European wind company has a total installed capacity of over 23GW in over 25 markets, with a 2017 revenue of $3.1bn reported and 5000 staff in total. Earlier this year, it opened a plant in Brazil.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.