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This is how Vestas won huge project over Siemens

There is no compelling reason why Warren Buffet's company MidAmerican chose Vestas over otherwise preferred supplier Siemens for the 2 GW project Wind XI. It was all about price.

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On Sep. 23, Denmark's Vestas received its perhaps most crucial order ever. Not just because it was among the largest orders in 2016 with 214 MW, but also because it concerns delivery of 112 of the first 1,000 wind turbines for the Wind XI project.  Warren Buffet's MidAmerican's 2 GW project – an investment of almost USD 3.6 billion (EUR 3.3 billion) – will be constructed in the US state Iowa ahead of 2019.

Until Vestas landed the conditional order in June, many assumed Siemens would end up supplying turbines to the major flagship project. As least if you consider it a matter of consensus, seeing as MidAmerican – one of the five largest project developers in the US –  has typically looked to Siemens for projects in Wind XI. But as the US recently proved in a different context, it can be a big mistake to trust blindly in consensus.

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