February 18th, 2016

Norther N.V. has selected MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as the preferred supplier for delivery of V164-8.0 MW turbines for the 370 MW Norther project in Belgium.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has won a competitive tender process and has been awarded preferred supplier status for the 370 MW Norther offshore wind power plant in Belgium. The project is owned by Norther N.V., with two shareholders Eneco (50%) and Elicio N.V. (50%). When commissioned in 2019 the Norther project will be Belgium’s largest wind power plant.

CEO Jens Tommerup said, “We are extremely pleased that following a competitive tender process Eneco and Elicio have chosen MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as the preferred supplier for the Norther project, which will be the largest offshore wind power plant in Belgium.”

“MHI Vestas has a strong partnership with Eneco, who we have worked with to deliver the 129 MW Eneco Luchterduinen and 120 MW Princess Amalia projects in the Netherlands, while we look forward to building our relationship with Elicio N.V. going forwards. Being selected as the preferred supplier for the Norther project underlines the customers’ confidence in the V164-8.0 MW and of MHI Vestas, and represents a big step forwards in our partnership,” said Jens Tommerup.

Norther with an awarded grid capacity of 370 MW is located in the Belgian North Sea, approximately 22 km off the coast of Zeebrugge and is able to produce clean energy to cover the consumption of 370,000 Belgian households, contributing significantly to Belgium meeting its target of generating 13% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.

For more information, please contact:
Matt Whitby, Press Officer
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 2250 7131
Mail: matke@mhivestasoffshore.com

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 105m (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
• 27 September 2013: Joint venture between MHI and Vestas announced.
• December 2013: First V164-8.0 MW wind turbine completed and installed
• 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)
• 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
• 29 June 2015: Appointed preferred supplier for 400 MW Horns Reef 3 project in Denmark
• 24 August 2015: Signs conditional contract for the 450 MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 project
• 16 December 2015: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind receives 330 MW order for the Walney Ext. project in the UK