Press release from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Aarhus, May 17, 2017
DONG Energy opens Burbo Bank Extension, home of the world’s most powerful wind turbine from MHI Vestas
Offshore wind executives meet today at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool to celebrate inauguration of momentous offshore wind park.
DONG Energy and its partners LEGO Group and PKA were joined by MHI Vestas in the inauguration of Burbo Bank Extension, the world’s first offshore wind park to utilise MHI Vestas’ record-breaking 8 MW wind turbine.
DONG Energy Project Director Claus Bøjle Møller said: “This is a proud moment for all involved. There has been a lot of public interest in this project due to it being the first time the 8 MW turbines have been installed offshore, so we are absolutely delighted that Burbo Bank Extension has been fully commissioned and is now providing clean energy to the UK.”
The V164-8.0 MW turbine from MHI Vestas – the world’s most powerful available turbine – produces renewable energy more efficiently than any other wind turbine in history. The mammoth turbine has helped lower the cost of offshore wind energy by enabling developers such as DONG Energy to run fewer, larger turbines.
CEO of MHI Vestas, Jens Tommerup, acknowledged the significance of the event, “The inauguration of Burbo Bank Extension represents a noteworthy milestone in the history of MHI Vestas and our stakeholders. We are extremely proud to supply 32 of our 8 MW turbines to DONG Energy and help provide renewable energy for more than 230,000 UK homes.”
The turbine blades were designed, tested and manufactured at the MHI Vestas blade factory on the Isle of Wight and are the first locally built blades to be installed at a UK offshore wind farm. This R&D facility was opened in 2011, specifically designed to develop the large blades.
In 2016, the first blades arrived at MHI Vestas’ pre-assembly site in Belfast Harbour. This site was the first bespoke terminal of its kind designed exclusively for offshore wind. These activities demonstrate the industrialisation of the supply chain as the offshore wind industry develops in the UK.
At 195m from sea level to blade tip, each turbine is taller than the Gherkin building in London and has a swept area larger than the London Eye. It uses blades weighing 35 tons each and measuring 80 meters long, the equivalent of nine double decker London buses.
For further information, contact:
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 8844 8950
For on-site information (May 17 only), contact:
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 2246 1230
About the Burbo Bank Extension Project
• Maximum Output: 258 MW
• Turbines: 32 x V164-8.0 MW
• Completion Year: 2017
• Location: Liverpool Bay, UK
• Distance from coast: 7 km
• 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 the V164-8.0 MW Turbine
• 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 216 MWh in 24-hour period (December 2016)
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 as the cornerstone of its business model.
About DONG Energy
DONG Energy (NASDAQ OMX: DENERG) is one of Northern Europe’s leading energy groups and is headquartered in Denmark. Around 6,200 ambitious employees, including over 850 in the UK, develop, construct and operate offshore wind farms, generate power and heat from our power stations as well as supply and trade in energy to wholesale, business and residential customers. In addition, we produce oil and gas, and a process has been initiated to divest this business unit. The continuing part of the Group has approximately 5,800 employees and generated a revenue in 2016 of DKK 61 billion (EUR 8.2 billion). For further information, see www.dongenergy.co.uk or follow us @DONGEnergyUK on Twitter.