Vestas opened office in Romania

EnergyBusinessSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 1/2011

Global Industry Leader Positioned for Growth and Development in Promising Eastern European Market

At January 26, 2011 the world leader in wind energy Vestas has officially opened a new office in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, showing confidence in the development of the Romanian wind energy market and preparing Vestas for future growth in one of the most promising markets in Eastern Europe. The office will serve the Romanian wind energy market, support Vestas’ activities in other Eastern European countries, and be a resource to assist the future development of wind energy in Romania and the region.
Vestas has been active in Romania for several years, but the opening of a new office in Bucharest is recognition of the positive environment for wind energy in Romania. Romania’s national government has set promising targets for wind energy generation, and is clearly committed to the development of wind energy as a viable energy source for the region and for the reduction of carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.
“This office, and the skilled and experienced staff we have here, demonstrate our solid commitment to Romania, and to playing a vital role in supporting the development of the wind energy market here,” says Hans Joern Rieks, President of Vestas Central Europe. “Vestas is the world leader in wind energy, and so we feel we have a responsibility to share our 30 years of experience and knowledge with customers, government, communities and others – as they work to fulfill Romania’s commitment to a clean energy future. As a wind energy solutions provider, we want to bring the best turbines and the best business case to our customers here, but we also want to build strong and constructive partnerships to shape a sustainable wind industry”.
“Vestas is committed to supporting overall sustainable development, social development and economic development as a central part of its presence in the region. We have served our customers in Romania well, but this new office will give us and our partners a solid presence here and also support our efforts to participate in important national debates about wind energy policy in Romania,” says Catalina Dragomir, Vestas Romania’s Director of Sales. “Our industry-leading R&D capacity and unrivalled expertise in wind energy can serve as a valuable resource to our partners here. With good prospects for growth here, we hope Vestas can contribute to industry development and overall economic growth for Romania.”

Vestas & Romania: Wind Energy Facts
Wind Energy in Romania
•Total installed wind capacity: around 450 MW
•Potential installations per year up to 2015: 500-600 MW
•Wind potential is estimated to be approximately 14,000 MW
•National Renewable Action Plan has a renewable energy target of over 4 GW by 2020
The Romanian government has an ambitious National Renewable Action Plan. Romania has great potential for wind energy, which is illustrated by the forecasted yearly installations of around 500 MW – leading up to 2015 – and the renewable energy target of 24 per cent by 2020. The regions with the best potential for wind energy are: Dobrogea, Moldova and Banat.
Installed and current projects for Vestas (all in the Dobrogea region):
Baia 1 & 2: 17 MW from 7 wind turbines
Pestera: 90 MW or 30 wind turbines
Cernavoda: 138 MW or 46 wind turbines
To date, Vestas has sold around 450 MW of wind turbines in Romania.
Vestas sees potential for the Romanian market:
•Vestas will continue to partner with domestic and international utilities and developers, as well as investors, to fully utilize the potential of Romania’s wind resources
•An attractive Green Certificate system, good wind resources, large sites and a grid that is able to take up a suitable amount of MW without problems.
•We see in Romania the clear political will to support wind power. Romania’s national government has set promising targets for wind energy generation.
Source: Vestas Central Europe