First V164-8.0 MW turbine installed at Burbo Bank Extension

Aarhus 8 September 2016

The world’s largest and most powerful wind turbine has been installed offshore at the Burbo Bank Extension project, setting a new milestone for the offshore wind industry.

The first V164-8.0 MW wind turbine has been installed at DONG Energy’s 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension project off the coast of Liverpool, UK. The turbine is the first of 32 to be installed at the site, which will set a new benchmark as the first offshore project to utilise the world’s most powerful wind turbine.

CEO of MHI Vestas Jens Tommerup said the installation was a huge milestone for the whole industry.

“The offshore installation of the first V164-8.0 MW turbine is a significant achievement for MHI Vestas and an important milestone for the offshore wind industry,” said Jens Tommerup, and continues: “MHI Vestas is committed to affordable offshore wind power, and as a turbine manufacturer we are delivering a larger and more powerful wind turbine- the V164-8.0 MW.”

“The introduction of the V164-8.0 MW will support the industry’s ambitions to drive down the cost of energy through reduced installation time, electrical infrastructure, foundations, and service visits compared to power plants using less powerful turbines.”

Claus Bøjle Møller, project director at DONG Energy, said: “The installation of this world-first technology is really paving the way for offshore wind energy. By using bigger turbines we are able to bring down the cost of providing clean, renewable energy to homes around the UK.”

The blades for the V164-8.0 MW turbines –which were designed, tested and manufactured at the MHI Vestas blade factory on the Isle of Wight- are the first locally built blades to be installed at a UK offshore wind power plant. The MHI Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight is where the unique skills and processes were developed that are necessary to produce blades on a large scale.

For more information, please contact:
Matt Whitby, Press Officer
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 2250 7131

About the Burbo Bank Extension project

• Maximum output: 258 MW
• Turbines: 32 x V164-8.0 MW
• Expected completion year: 2017
• Location: Liverpool Bay, UK
• Distance from coast: 7 km
• Service contract: 5 year full scope service contract with an energy based guarantee
• Expected homes powered: 230,000 UK homes
• Pre-assembly harbour: Belfast
• Commissioning harbour: Birkenhead
• Ownership: DONG Energy (50%), PKA (25%) and KIRKBI A/S (25%).

About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company’s sole focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to drive down the cost of energy from offshore wind parks by driving capital and operating savings, and increasing output of wind turbines by bringing the best technology to the market. The company is founded on collaboration, and creating powerful partnerships with key stakeholders will be the cornerstone of its business model.

About the V164-8.0 MW
• 8 MW rated power, with an optimal rotor to generator ratio
• 80 m blades, the equivalent of nine double decker London buses
• Each blade weighs 35 tonnes
• Swept area of 21,124 m2, larger than the London Eye
• The nacelle is 20 m long, 8 m wide and 8 m high, weighing approximately 390 tonnes
• Approximate hub height of 105 m (Østerild prototype 140 m)
• Approximate tip height of 187 m (Østerild prototype 220 m)
• Reduces operational and maintenance costs by enabling customers to run fewer, larger turbines
• World record production by a single wind turbine of 192 MWh in 24-hour period (October 2014)

About the history of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
• 1 April 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind officially launched
• 5 October 2014: V164-8.0 MW smashes world power record for power produced by a wind turbine (up to 16,000 British households)
• 12 November 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind awarded Renewable UK “Breakthrough of the year 2014”
• 19 December 2014: First V164-8.0 MW order from DONG Energy for Burbo Bank Extension project
• 31 December 2014: V164-8.0 MW awarded Offshore Wind Turbine of the Year
• 18 May 2015: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind signs its largest offshore order for the 400 MW Rampion project
• 24 August 2015: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind signs conditional contract for 450 MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 project in Germany
• 16 December 2015: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind wins 330 MW order for Walney Extension in the UK
• 24 April 2016: First two commercial V164-8.0 MW turbines inaugurated at Maade in Denmark
• 7 July 2016: Vattenfall places order for the 400 MW Horns Reef 3 project in Denmark.