MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, DONG Energy and A2Sea today completed the installation of 32 of the world’s most powerful, serially produced wind turbines at Burbo Bank Extension. The project represents the first time that the V164-8.0 MW wind turbine has been erected offshore.
At 8:25PM GMT today, the final blade on turbine 32 at DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension was lifted into place, signalling not only the completion of one of the most important milestones of the project, but also for the development of the MHI Vestas 8MW platform.
The 32 turbines installed at DONG Energy’s 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension off the coast of Liverpool, UK set a new benchmark as the first offshore project to utilise the world’s most powerful wind turbines.
Claus Bøjle Møller, project director at DONG Energy, said:
“We are delighted at the completion of this major milestone in the project. It follows on from first power generation in November. This is the first time the 8MW turbines have been installed offshore, so it is an exciting time for the entire industry. By using more powerful turbines we are able to bring down the cost of providing clean, renewable energy to homes around the UK.”
COO of MHI Vestas, Flemming Ougaard, acknowledged the importance of the first complete installation of a V164 project:
“The installation of the first V164-8.0 MW offshore project represents a major milestone in the history of MHI Vestas, as well as our business partners.” said Flemming Ougaard. “I am proud of the commitment and excellent work of the entire installation team at MHI Vestas and the team from A2Sea and DONG Energy who worked with us on this project. Now our focus turns to the commissioning of the turbines and bringing them into full operation, prior to handing the project over to DONG Energy.”
“The installation of the 32 MHI Vestas 8MW turbines has progressed seamlessly,” said Jens Frederik Hansen, CEO in A2SEA. “Again, A2SEA is first mover, this time handling the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the market. The installation was completed safely and in accordance with the installation plan thanks to the well-planned and professional co-operation with our partners on the project, MHI Vestas and DONG Energy. Furthermore, I am very proud of the excellent work performed by all our dedicated employees both onshore and offshore. They make the difference,”
The Burbo Bank Extension project is scheduled for completion in early 2017, and will deliver green energy for over 230,000 homes in the UK.
MHI Vestas is a world leading player in the offshore wind industry, creating new solutions for making offshore wind power affordable.
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About the Burbo Bank Extension project
• Maximum output: 258 MW
• Turbines: 32 x V164-8.0 MW
• Expected completion year: 2017
• Location: Liverpool Bay, UK
• Distance from coast: 7 km
• Service contract: 5 year full scope service contract with an energy based guarantee
• Expected homes powered: 230,000 UK homes
• Pre-assembly harbour: Belfast
• Commissioning harbour: Birkenhead
• Ownership: DONG Energy (50%), PKA (25%) and KIRKBI A/S (25%).
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 DONG Energy
DONG Energy (NASDAQ OMX: DENERG) is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, headquartered in Denmark. Around 6,500 ambitious employees, including over 700 in the UK, are engaged in developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms; generating power and heat from our power stations; providing energy to residential and business customers on a daily basis; and producing oil and gas. Group revenue was DKK 71bn (EUR 9.5bn) in 2015. For further information, see www.dongenergy.co.uk or follow us @DONGEnergyUK on Twitter.
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
• 7 July 2016: Vattenfall places order for the 400 MW Horns Reef 3 project in Denmark.