MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has been appointed preferred supplier for the delivery of V164-8.0 MW turbines for the Navitus Bay project in the UK.

As soon as the project translates into a firm and unconditional order, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will disclose further details about this.

CEO Jens Tommerup said,“We are pleased to have been appointed preferred supplier for the Navitus Bay project.”
“We look forward to working together with Navitus Bay Ltd. in order to negotiate the project through the necessary milestones needed to realise the project as a firm and unconditional order.”

“If the project translates into a firm and unconditional order, the 80m blades are planned to be produced locally at our manufacturing facility on the Isle of Wight, providing jobs in the region close to the project,” said Jens Tommerup.

The proposed Navitus Bay project is located off the Dorset and Hampshire coast and to the west of the Isle of Wight. The project could be up to 970 MW using a maximum of 121 turbines, with a mitigation option of 630 MW using a maximum of 78 turbines, subject to development consent.

Built in the UK

Over 200 full time jobs have already been created at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s blade production facility on the Isle of Wight, where manufacturing of 80m composite blades for the V164-8.0 MW – the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine is ramping up to serial production.

The decision to manufacture blades on the Isle of Wight was announced in November 2014 and is the first part of a wider industrial strategy in the UK which is expected to result in up to £200m worth of investment and safeguarding or creating up to 800 jobs.

For more information, please contact:
Stewart Mullin, Director of Marketing & Communication
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 22461230

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 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in the UK
MVOW entered the UK offshore market in 2004 (as Vestas) and has installed 780 MW. Of that 630 MW are under service contracts. MVOW has 113 employees in the UK. Mostly working within the sales, strategy, and service organisations. Our sales office is located in London, where the Chairman of the Board is also based. The UK is by far MVOW’s largest market in terms of installations, with long-term and stable political support for offshore Wind.

About the V164-8.0 MW
• 8MW rated power, with an optimal rotor to generator ratio
• 80m blades, the equivalent of nine double decker London buses
• Each blade weighs 35 tonnes
• Swept area of 21.124m2 , larger than the London Eye
• The nacelle is 20m long, 8m wide and 8m high, weighing approximately 390 tonnes
• Approximate hub height of 105m (Østerild prototype 140m)
• Approximate tip height of 187m (Østerild prototype 220m)
• 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
• September 27, 2013: Joint venture between MHI and Vestas announced.
• December 2013: First V164 – 8.0MW wind turbine completed and installed
• January 2014: V164 – 8.0MW produces first power
• April 1, 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind officially launched
• October 5, 2014: V164-8.0MW smashes world power record for power produced by a wind turbine (up to 16,000 British households)
• November 11, 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind announces UK Industrial Strategy
• November 12, 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind awarded Renewable UK “Breakthrough of the year 2014”
• December 19, 2014: First V164-8.0MW order from DONG for Burbo Bank Extension project
• December 31, 2014: V164-8.0MW awarded Offshore Wind Turbine of the Year
• May 18, 2015: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind signs its largest offshore order 400MW Rampion project