MHI Vestas Offshore Wind receives 406 MW order in Denmark

Aarhus, 7 July 2016

Vattenfall has placed an order for 49 V164-8.0 MW turbines for the 406 MW Horns Rev 3 project off the west coast of Denmark, which when completed, will provide clean energy for 400,000 houses and set a new milestone for affordable offshore wind power.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has received an order from Vattenfall to supply turbines and services for the 406 MW Horns Rev 3 wind power plant off the west coast of Denmark. The order for 49 V164-8.0 MW turbines includes a five year full scope service contract to optimise power production. The V164-8.0 MW turbines – rated with a capacity of 8 MW – have been optimised for the Horns Rev 3 project, utilising a power mode to be able to deliver a maximum output of 8.3 MW, further increasing the value for the customer.

CEO Jens Tommerup said, “MHI Vestas is shaping the future of the offshore wind market with game-changing technologies that spur innovation to drive down the cost of offshore wind power for the whole industry. Larger and more powerful wind turbines are a key driver of cost reduction. The use of an 8.3 MW power mode with the large 164 m rotor diameter provides an optimised rotor to generator ratio, demonstrating our ongoing focus on improving our technology, continuing to maximise value for our customers.”

“The Horns Rev 3 project will set a new milestone for affordable offshore wind power and we look forward to working with Vattenfall on delivering that goal. We have a strong track record with Vattenfall, underlined by the 300 MW Thanet project and the 160 MW Horns Rev 1 project among others. We are proud to partner with Vattenfall again to deliver our record breaking V164-8.0 MW turbines to the Horns Rev 3 project.”

Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall Wind said, “Horns Rev 3 is a real milestone for us, it clearly shows that competition is a suitable way to reduce costs for offshore wind significantly. Horns Rev 3 is the cheapest recent offshore project and the experience we have gained from our other wind projects had a very positive impact. This project underlines our ambition to lead the industry in a highly competitive market environment.”

The 406 MW Horns Rev 3 project will generate enough clean electricity to power over 400,000 Danish houses, contributing to Denmark’s and the EU’s goals to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.

About the Horns Rev 3 project
• Awarded output: 406 MW
• Turbines: 49 x V164-8.0 MW
• Expected installation year: 2018
• Location: Danish North Sea
• Distance from coast: 34 km
• Service contract: 5 year full scope service contract with an energy based guarantee
• Expected MWh per year/houses powered: 1.78 million MWh/year, enough to power 400,000 Danish houses.
• Pre-assembly harbour: Esbjerg
• Commissioning harbour: Hvide Sande

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 Vattenfall
Vattenfall is a Swedish and state owned energy company with operations in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, UK and Finland. “Energy You Want” – Vattenfall’s vision is to be a dedicated partner to its customers and society at large, providing convenient and innovative energy solutions. Vattenfall aims to be a leader in sustainable production, ensuring reliable and cost-efficient energy supply.

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 houses)
• 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