MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s strong UK supply chain on show at Global Offshore Wind 2016

As blades continue to roll off the production line at the MHI Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight in preparation for the Burbo Bank extension project, the company is demonstrating its commitment to the UK- the world’s largest offshore wind power market- by showcasing the range of powerful partnerships that it has entered into with key suppliers at Global Offshore Wind 2016 in Manchester.

MHI Vestas is a world leading offshore wind project company dedicated to creating new ways of making offshore wind power more affordable.

MHI Vestas will have a range of personnel from the field staffing their stand. Delegates can speak directly with the company’s “service heroes” and “manufacturing heroes”, Brits that are responsible for manufacturing and installing the world’s most powerful wind turbine. Furthermore the company will be presenting at:

Tuesday, 21st June, 09:15 – 10:30. Share Fair (open to all).
Lars Feldskou, Vice President, Head of Sourcing will reveal the open contracts for the MHI Vestas supply chain and explain how sub suppliers can work with the company moving forward. The session represents unprecedented transparency in the supply chain.

“Powerful partnerships are at the core of our company, and we believe that only by working together across the industry we can achieve the industry’s goal of affordable offshore wind. We believe in being exceptionally transparent with our needs and hope that this inspires the right type of sub-suppliers to get in contact with us,” said Lars Feldskou.

Tuesday, 21st June 14:15 – 15:30 Managing Life Cycle Costs: Costs Today, Gone Tomorrow
Anders Bach Andersen, Senior Product Manager at MHI Vestas will join a high level panel discussion to provide an overview of the approaches taken across the supply chain to minimise life cycle costs and risk across the lifetime of an offshore wind power project. Anders will lead the discussion about how offshore wind turbines are becoming even more cost competitive, focusing on the introduction of the record breaking V164-8.0 MW, and the benefit of power modes to boost performance.

“Larger and more powerful turbines directly contribute to lowering the cost of energy. This can be achieved by a reduction in electrical infrastructure, foundations, installation time, and service visits per megawatt, compared to a wind power plant using less powerful turbines,” said Anders Bach Andersen.

Tuesday 21 June, 16.00 Stand 29 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Beer reception and launch of Haynes Offshore Wind Manual 2nd edition
MHI Vestas CEO, Jens Tommerup and Regional Service Director UK Wayne Mulhall will officially launch the second edition of the Haynes Offshore Wind Manual at the company’s beer reception. The manual has been updated with all the latest facts and figures about this exciting industry and includes a new chapter on manufacturing in the UK for the Burbo Bank Extension project, and more.

Tuesday, 21st June 16:00 – 17:00 Business is Great: Offshore Wind UK Successes, Supply Chain Growth and Export Performance
With a diverse range of UK companies doing business within the offshore wind industry, there are many opportunities to be garnered by finding the right partnerships. Peter Clusky, Head of UK Stakeholder Relations, will underline the powerful partnerships between MHI Vestas and several key UK suppliers who have directly contributed to the construction of the turbine, the components and UK offshore wind farms in general. Three sub-suppliers will present as part of the presentation.

“A competitive and industrialised supply chain is critical to driving down the cost of offshore wind power, and we are working closely with our key suppliers to enhance the value of wind power for the benefit of society,” said Peter Clusky.

MHI Vestas has a strong presence at the event, and visitors can learn more by visiting stand 29 in the exhibition centre and by visiting our website.

Jens Tommerup, CEO of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will be available for interviews by appointment on Tuesday 21 June from 15:00-18:00.

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
• 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)
• 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
• 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
• 2 June 2016: Vattenfall and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind announce the conditional contract for the 400 MW Horns Reef 3 project in Denmark.