Airbus says A350 tests going well, delivery on track
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* First A350 delivery scheduled for H2 2014
* Airbus now has two A350 aircraft flying
By Cyril Altmeyer
TOULOUSE, France, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Flight trials for Airbus's latest passenger jet, the A350, are going well and it is sticking to its target of delivering the first of the lightweight jets in the second half of 2014, programme chief Didier Evrard said.
The A350, designed to compete with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the larger Boeing 777, staged its maiden flight in June. The European planemaker now has two aircraft flying and has notched up 75 flights and over 370 hours of flight tests.
"The flight test programme ... is going very well," Evrard told reporters at a briefing on Monday, adding that the project was approaching its "most critical phase" as it enters industrial ramp-up.
Delivery plans are "on track," Evrard added.
Airbus officially aims to deliver the aircraft in the second half of 2014.
Evrard said Airbus hoped to have the first A350-900 variant certified in August next year, in time to be delivered to its first customer, Qatar Airways, in October.
Airbus said four out of five A350 development aircraft have entered final assembly, with the fifth due at the end of the month. Of these, two are already flying.
It also outlined plans to increase production facilities as it aims for 10 aircraft a month within four years of entering service. For now, Airbus plans to move from a production rate of one-a-month now to three-a-month by the end of 2014.
Evrard said Airbus would decide in 2016 whether to increase production beyond its ultimate 10-a-month target.
Airbus aims to freeze the design of the largest member of the A350 family, the 350-seat A350-1000, around the end of the year. The aircraft is due to enter service in mid-2017, som
Another Big Win For Hexcel Wind
Vestas wins 108 MW order for large wind plants in Romania
15 October 2013
Vestas has received an unconditional order for 108 MW for the Crucea North wind power plant, in the province of Dobrogea, Romania.
The order from SC Crucea Wind Farm SRL and STEAG GmbH includes supply, installation and commissioning of the turbines, along with a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution and a 10 year full-scope service agreement (AOM 4000). Delivery is planned to start in April 2014 and commissioning is expected to be completed by December 2014.
Gamesa to equip Texas wind project with wind turbines
By Editors of Electric Light & Power/ POWERGRID International
Gamesa will supply 202 MW of wind turbines to the Baffin wind farm project in southern Texas. The project being developed by Iberdrola will use 101 of Gamesa’s 2 MW turbines.
The wind turbines are scheduled for delivery in mid-2014, and the facility is slated for commissioning towards the end of 2014. The project is still under development, and the decision to proceed is contingent on local government approval. Gamesa noted in a release, however, that Iberdrola is well-positioned to use the 202 MW of turbines at other possible U.S. sites.
The Baffin wind power project is the last phase of Iberdrola’s Peñascal complex, which will have a total capacity of 606 MW when commissioned
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French defence minister says export potential of A400M huge
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SEVILLE (Reuters) - France's defence minister said the export potential for EADS's (EAD.PAA) A400M military transporter was "huge", as the 20 billion euro ($27 billion) project started delivering aircraft to its founding nations after years of delays.
"I can't give you any figures but there is huge capacity for exports, the political and industrial winds are synchronized," France's defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters on Monday at the sidelines of a ceremony to celebrate the first delivery of the A400M military transport plane.
The troop carrier was conceived in the 1980s to meet a looming shortfall in military transport capacity among seven European NATO nations: Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Turkey.
The first A400M, which competes with the Lockheed Martin (LMT) C-130 Hercules turboprop and the larger Boeing (BA) C-17 cargo jet, flew to France on August 1 after a four-year delivery delay.
Le Drian said that the export chances were boosted by the fact that the aircraft was now going into service. "It's difficult to export aircraft if they haven't been tested by the armed forces," he said.
(Reporting by Brenda Goh; editing by Kate Holton)
By Alex Morales - Sep 26, 2013 10:23 AM GMT+0100 .
.Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) won a 400-megawatt deal to supply turbines to two Duke Energy Corp. (DUK) wind farms in Texas, the biggest order it received in three years.
Delivery of 200 V110 2-megawatt turbines will begin in the first half as the Los Vientos III and Los Vientos IV wind farms are scheduled to start up in 2015 and 2016, Aarhus, Denmark-based Vestas said today in a statement. The accord with Duke’s renewables unit includes three-year service agreements.
The deal suggests Vestas is regaining ground in the U.S., its biggest market for shipments in 2012, after announcing no new orders in the first eight months of this year. Flip-flopping U.S. tax credit policies led to a feast then a famine for wind developers. Including today’s deal, the Danish manufacturer has this month announced three U.S. orders totaling 540 megawatts.
Vestas rose as much as 6 percent, the biggest intraday jump since Aug. 21, and was up 4.6 percent at 129.10 kroner by 10:57 a.m. in Copenhagen. The stock more than quadrupled this year.
“This order also will keep our U.S. factories busy and create jobs for Vestas service technicians who ensure the turbines are producing the maximum amount of power,” Chris Brown, U.S. sales unit president, said in a statement.
The company’s previous single-sale order that was larger was a 420-megawatt Australian transaction in August 2010.
Vestas last month canceled plans to sell a tower factory in Pueblo, Colorado, as it expects the plant to operate at full capacity next year. Chief Marketing Officer Morten Albaek also said he expected the U.S. market to recover in the second half. In August, the company said it would supply 400 megawatts to EDP Renovaveis SA’s U.S. sites. It didn’t count that in its 2013 orders as it was part