MHI Vestas Offshore Wind receives 330 MW order from DONG Energy

Aarhus, 16 December 2015

DONG Energy and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind have again partnered for the supply of V164-8.0 MW turbines, this time for the Walney Extension West project in the UK. The project will be the second order for the V164-8.0 MW and with 40 turbines it will be the largest 8 MW project to-date. The turbines will utilise a power mode to increase performance.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has received a 330 MW order from DONG Energy for 40 V164-8.0 MW wind turbines for the Walney Extension West project in the UK. The order includes a five-year full-scope service contract with an availability guarantee, ensuring optimised performance of the wind power plant with maximum power output.

The V164-8.0 MW turbines – rated with a capacity of 8 MW – have been optimised for the Walney Extension West project, utilising a power mode to be able to deliver a maximum output of 8.25 MW, further increasing the value for the customer.

“We’re proud that once again DONG Energy has chosen to partner with MHI Vestas for the supply of V164-8.0 MW turbines for the Walney Extension West project,” said CEO Jens Tommerup, and continues: “This will be the second project to use the V164-8.0 MW and our order backlog together with DONG Energy now stands at 588 MW, which demonstrates the confidence the customer has in our technology and our company.”
“Furthermore the use of a power mode demonstrates our ongoing focus of optimising our technology, continuing to provide greater value for our customers,” underlines Jens Tommerup.

Blades for the project will be produced at the MHI Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight, where over 200 employees commenced serial production of 80 m blades for the Burbo Bank Extension project in May 2015.

“We are proud to produce high technology components for our turbines in the UK and be part of the continuous expansion of the local supply chain for offshore wind. The prototype blades for the V164-8.0 MW were designed, manufactured and tested at the Isle of Wight facility and we have developed the unique skills and processes necessary to ramp up serial production,” said Jens Tommerup.

The Walney Extension project is located in the Irish Sea, approximately 35km northwest from the Fleetwood and Blackpool coast. This will be the first phase of the 660MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm project which on completion will be capable of supplying over 460,000 homes with clean energy.

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

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
• 27 September 2013: Joint venture between MHI and Vestas announced.
• December 2013: First V164-8.0 MW wind turbine completed and installed
• January 2014: V164-8.0 MW produces first power
• 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)
• 11 November 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind announces UK Industrial Strategy
• 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