New Caledonia wind farm meets the electricity needs of 27k inhabitants
Customer: EOLE – Prony I, II, III & EOLE – Mont-Mau
Wind Turbine: 84 Vergnet GEV MP-C wind turbines Total power: 21.5 MW
Operations and Maintenance: Vergnet Pacific
Vergnet GEV MP Wind Turbines Deliver Energy and Cost Savings for EOLE Prony
Prony wind farm is part of renewable energy development continuity in French overseas territory and, in particular, in New Caledonia. With 84 wind turbines generating 21.5 MW of power, Col de Prony wind farm is powering the electricity needs of the entire city of Mont Dore and its 27,155 inhabitants, the second largest city in New Caledonia in terms of population.
Wind Energy Approach – Investing in Wind Energy
The local electrical authorities and QUADRAN chose Vergnet’s wind turbine technology for this project due to its robust design and proven adaptability to perform in cyclonic areas. Our technology has been designed and rigorously tested to deliver high performance in environments with extreme climatic conditions including marine, salty, dusty, cyclonic, warm and cold environments.
The VERGNET PACIFIC subsidiary, based locally, is in charge of the wind farms operation and maintenance services as well as installation, connection, training of staff, following the facilities during their life (20 years).
Making a Difference at New Caledonia
Over a four year period, Vergnet successfully delivered and installed 84 wind turbines, generating over 21.5MW of power for the area and directly benefitting the large population of Mont Dore. Together the four sites at Col de Prony wind farm deliver significant savings, including oil savings of 5,470 t and a reduction in the production level of harmful gases including CO2, NOx and SO2 of 21,080 t. By diversifying the energy mix with renewable wind energy, we delivered a clean and reliable source of energy providing a strong return on investment and supporting the territory’s overall growth.
Cyclone proof wind turbines
In February 2012, New Caledonia was hit by Cyclone Jasmine, a category 4 storm (on a scale up to 5), with gusts exceeding 280km/h (175 mph). Thanks to its tilting towers, the Vergnet wind turbines withstood the ferocious storm and no damage was done.
Vergnet is a global renewable energy solutions company with a successful track record in providing high performance, reliable and affordable clean energy solutions for companies around the world.
Advanced renewable solutions, encompassing wind, solar PV and hybrid technology, make Vergnet a recognised partner of choice for mining companies throughout the world.
The company leverages a 25 year heritage in delivering power quality, performance and availability of supply in remote, isolated environments with extreme climatic conditions and limited electricity infrastructure.
With a strong focus on design, manufacturing and engineering innovation, Vergnet provides adaptable renewable solutions that are highly customised to both the local environment and the specific needs of mining companies. Vergnet’s uniquely designed technology is adaptable for grid-connected as well as off-grid operations and has been developed specifically for extreme weather conditions providing reliable, efficient and scalable energy solutions. Vergnet operates in over 40 countries and has 166 employees in 10 offices.