Vattenfall takes final investment decision for Horns Reef 3

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has signed a contract to supply V164-8.0 MW turbines to Denmark’s 400 MW Horns Reef 3 project, which is set to produce the world’s cheapest offshore wind power.

Vattenfall has taken the final investment decision to construct the 400 MW Horns Reef 3 project off the coast of Denmark. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has signed a contract to supply V164-8.0 MW wind turbines to the project.

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

The 400 MW Horns Rev 3 project is located off the west coast of Denmark and will contribute to Denmarks’ and the EUs’ goals’ to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2020. Vattenfall owns 60% of the Horns Rev 1 project, and in 2015 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind installed 15 V112-3.3 MW turbines at Vattenfall’s 50 MW Kentish Flats Extension project in the UK.

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