Over 200 full time jobs are being advertised for positions at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s blade production facility on the Isle of Wight, where manufacturing of 80m composite blades for the V164-8.0 MW – the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine will ramp up to serial production.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has commenced recruitment of over 200 skilled jobs at the recently announced blade manufacturing facility on the Isle of Wight, off the southern coast of the UK. The new positions have been created in order to fulfill the demand for DONG Energy’s 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension project, off the coast of Liverpool Bay in the UK, as well as potential future offshore projects.

CEO Jens Tommerup said the creation of over 200 skilled jobs underlines MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s commitment to the UK offshore market.

We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the commencement of hiring over 200 full time jobs at our manufacturing facility on the Isle of Wight. These new jobs are skilled and form a critical aspect of our manufacturing capability. When serial production begins in May, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will be the only manufacturer producing blades for offshore wind projects in the UK.”

The 80m blades for the V164-8.0 MW prototype were designed, manufactured and tested at the Isle of Wight facility.  We have developed the unique competences and processes necessary to manufacture blades at the centre which makes it an ideal location to ramp up to serial manufacturing.”

UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:
We are backing offshore wind because renewable electricity is crucial to improving our energy security, as well as stimulating economic growth and reducing emissions.

Our long term economic plan to build a more resilient economy has made the UK the world’s number one market for offshore wind, attracting investors from all over the world and creating green jobs. Today’s commitment from MHI Vestas of 200 new green jobs will lead to blades being mass produced in the UK, bolstering the UK’s expertise in advanced manufacturing.”

Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy’s UK Country Chairman said:
It is very pleasing that the Burbo Bank Extension project can promote local growth and contribute to the development of the industry supply chain. We look forward to continuing to work together with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in building this project that will be able to supply more than 180,000 UK homes with electricity when completed.”

Built in the UK

The decision to manufacture blades on the Isle of Wight was announced in November last year and is the first part of a wider industrial strategy in the UK which is expected to result in up to £200m worth of investment and safeguarding or creating up to 800 jobs.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will lease the production hall at Vestas’ blades technology centre on the Isle of Wight. Serial production of blades will commence in May 2015.

The Vestas R&D facility on the Isle of Wight was opened in 2011 and was specifically designed to develop large blades for the latest wind turbines. The facility consists of two halls 170m long and 50m wide, one for testing and verification, and one for blade production, which will be leased by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

Vestas will continue to conduct research and development of blade technology on the Isle of Wight, including the testing and verification of the V164-8.0 MW which is being finalised by Vestas on behalf of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. The lease of the production hall will have no impact on Vestas employees working in R&D on the site.

Local Initiatives

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and the Isle of Wight Council are working closely together.  MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, supported by the council, will run an awareness event early in the week beginning 9th of February 2015, more details of this event will be available on both the MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Isle of Wight Council’s websites.

For more information, please contact:
Matt Whitby, Press & Communication Officer
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 22507131
Mail: matke@mhivestasoffshore.com

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 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in the UK
MVOW entered the UK offshore market in 2004 (as Vestas) and has installed 780 MW in the UK. Of that 630 MW are under service contracts. MVOW has 113 employees in the UK. Mostly working within the sales, strategy, and service organisations. Our sales office is located in London, where the Chairman of the Board is also based. The UK is by far MVOW’s largest market in terms of installations, with long-term and stable political support for offshore wind.

About the V164-8.0 MW
• 8MW rated power, with an optimal rotor to generator ratio
• 80m blades, the equivalent of nine double decker London buses
• Each blade weighs 35 tonnes
• Swept area of 21.124m2 , larger than the London Eye
• The nacelle is 20m long, 8m wide and 8m high, weighing approximately 390 tonnes
• Approximate hub height of 105m (Østerild prototype 140m)
• Approximate tip height of 187m (Østerild prototype 220m)
• 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
• September 27, 2013: Joint venture between MHI and Vestas announced.
• December 2013: First V164 – 8.0MW wind turbine completed and installed
• January 2014: V164 – 8.0MW produces first power
• April 1, 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind officially launched
• October 5, 2014: V164-8.0MW smashes world power record for power produced by a wind turbine (up to 16,000 British households)
• November 11, 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind announces UK Industrial Strategy
• November 12, 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind awarded Renewable UK “Breakthrough of the year 2014”
• December 19, 2014: First V164-8.0MW® order from DONG for Burbo Bank Extension project
• December 31, 2014: V164-8.0MW awarded Offshore Wind Turbine of the Year