MHI Vestas Offshore Wind selected as preferred supplier for 252 MW project in the German North Sea

Aarhus, 27 September 2016

Following a competitive tender process British Wind Energy has appointed MHI Vestas as the preferred supplier of V164-8.0 MW turbines for the 252 MW Deutsche Bucht project in Germany.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has won a competitive tender process and has been nominated to supply V164-8.0 MW turbines for the 252 MW Deutsche Bucht project in the German North Sea. The project is owned by British Wind Energy and underlines the growing presence of MHI Vestas in the German market. The preferred supplier award includes a 15-year full scope service package, maximising the power production on site.

Albert Jochems, CEO of Deutsche Bucht said: “We are pleased with the process and the outcome of this tender for the wind turbine package and to appoint MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as the preferred supplier. We have seen keen interest by the wider industry in the Deutsche Bucht project owing to it being one of the few remaining projects in Europe with a grid connection, permit and a feed in tariff without the need to participate in an auction. We look forward to working closely with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and our other partners to make every success of this exciting project”.

Jens Tommerup, CEO of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind said: “Being nominated for our second project in Germany underlines the strength of the V164-8.0 MW as a competitive turbine for the market, where distance from the coast and deeper waters demands a larger and more powerful machine. Furthermore, our long term full scope service offering will ensure maximised output at the site, optimising the business case for British Wind Energy and making offshore wind power even more affordable.”

About the Deutsche Bucht project
• Name: OWF Deutsche Bucht
• Awarded output: 252 MW
• Turbines: V164-8.0 MW
• Expected installation year: 2019
• Location: German North Sea
• Distance from coast: Approx. 95 km
• Service contract: 15 year full scope service contract with an energy based guarantee

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 British Wind Energy
Highland Group Holdings, an investment vehicle of Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay, has owned 100% of the 252 MW offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht since 2012. Highland also owns a majority share in the 400 MW offshore wind farm Veja Mate, which is currently under construction and aims for completion in 2017.

After successfully achieving financial close for the 400 MW Veja Mate project in June 2015 and bringing it into construction, Highland will now further develop Deutsche Bucht with the aim of reaching financial close in summer 2017 and with completion planned for 2019. Highland has built a development team which includes internationally reputable advisors such as Green Giraffe, K2 Management and CMS, and benefits from building on the experience from Veja Mate project.

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)
• 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.