Danish sustainable energy firm Vestas Wind Systems A/S announced this week an agreement with Argentina aluminium company Aluar Aluminio Argentino S.A.I.C. to provide wind-generated power to Aluar’s aluminium smelter in Puerto Madryn in east-central Argentina.
Vestas will provide power to Aluar from its Llano IV Wind Farm, which has a nameplate capacity of 81 MW. The parties also agreed to a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, which will optimize energy production in addition to long-term business case certainty.
The aluminium smelter to which Vestas will be providing power is the largest aluminium smelter in Argentina. This agreement will aid Alumar in complying with the Argentina government’s mandate for large electricity users to source a portion of their power needs from renewable sources.
Andrés Gismondi, Sales Senior Director for Vestas LATAM South Cone, said in a press release that the agreement will benefit both firms.
“Vestas is pleased to grow our partnership with Aluar, one of the largest aluminium smelters in South America, who, as Vestas, has a strong commitment to Argentina’s energy transition. This order materialises the third expansion of the El Llano wind complex that will soon have a total of 246 MW of sustainable energy coming from Vestas’s turbines to power Aluar’s aluminium smelting facilities in Puerto Madryn. This underlines how Vestas’ solutions can support energy-intensive industries to accelerate their energy transition by powering their operations with cost-efficient and sustainable energy.”
The El Llano wind complex is currently under construction. Vestas says wind turbine delivery is expected by the end of the year, with commissioning planned for the latter half of 2023.