Aarhus, May 15, 2017

Construction of a state-of-the-art, 5,600 sq. meter facility is underway to house manufacturing of Power Converter Modules (PCM) exclusively for MHI Vestas.

In accordance with its V164 manufacturing plan, MHI Vestas continues to ramp up production for the 8 MW offshore wind turbine. Broad demand for the platform has resulted in a ramp-up of employment in Denmark and the introduction of a dedicated assembly facility for PCM’s at the Port of Esbjerg.

MHI Vestas Chief Manufacturing Officer, Robert Borin, said, “Since MHI Vestas brought the game-changing V164 – 8.0 MW turbine to the offshore wind market, we have, as expected, seen extraordinary demand for the platform. The next phase of our production plan calls for a hiring ramp up for blade manufacturing in Nakskov, nacelle production in Lindø, and Power Converter Modules (PCM’s) at the Port of Esbjerg. PCM modules will be assembled in Esbjerg from Q4 2017.”

“MHI Vestas is proud to be a major contributor to the development of manufacturing skillsets and the establishment of competence centres throughout regional Denmark. We’re excited to see the next manufacturing phase taking shape as we remain dedicated to putting the best turbines in the water safely and on time.”

The Port of Esbjerg has held a public tender for development of a purpose-built, state-of-the-art 5,600 sq. meter facility to accommodate PCM assembly for MHI Vestas. The hi-tech facility will create a dedicated space for PCM assembly, located close to pre-assembly, and will enable the company to further utilise the Port of Esbjerg’s expanding offshore wind expertise.

Just as MHI Vestas ramped up production staff on the Isle of Wight in the UK last fall, and in Nakskov and Lindø in the spring and summer this year, the company now is preparing for this fall ramp-up at Esbjerg.

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For further information contact:
Michael Morris
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 8844 8950
Mob: +45 5221 6547
mijmo@mhivestasoffshore.com

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.