Aarhus, May 24, 2017
In a sign of continued momentum for the offshore wind turbine manufacturer, MHI Vestas celebrates the inauguration of Nobelwind – its second wind park opening in the last 7 days.
Exactly one week after executives gathered to open Burbo Bank Extension in the UK, MHI Vestas is in Oostende, Belgium today to inaugurate Nobelwind and celebrate the successful deployment of 50 offshore turbines in the park.
MHI Vestas CEO Jens Tommerup said, “Today is an exciting day for MHI Vestas as we celebrate the opening of the Nobelwind offshore wind park. We are grateful to Parkwind for the opportunity to deploy 50 of our V112-3.3 MW turbines off the coast of Belgium. After another successful collaboration with Parkwind and our supply chain partners, we’re proud to have these 50 turbines providing enough clean energy to power more than 188,000 Belgian homes.”
The turbines, positioned 47 km off the coast of Belgium, will provide enough renewable energy to power more than 188,000 Belgian homes.
Proving the value of powerful partnerships, MHI Vestas and Parkwind have now successfully collaborated on Belwind (165 MW), Northwind (216 MW), and now Nobelwind (165 MW), installing a combined 546 MW together off the coast of Belgium.
The Nobelwind opening comes as the offshore wind sector continues to see costs decline, making wind energy more affordable for consumers. MHI Vestas has played an integral role in lowering the cost of energy and hastening the elimination of government financial support, a key priority for the wind industry and for Belgium.
For more information, please contact:
Michael Morris, Press Officer
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Phone: +45 8844 8950
About Nobelwind offshore wind park
• Maximum Output: 165 MW
• Turbines: 50 x V112-3.3 MW
• Completion Year: 2017
• Location: Oostende, Belgium
• Distance from coast: 47 km
• Expected homes powered: 188,000 Belgian homes
• Primary blades facility: Lem, DK
• Pre-assembly harbour: Esbjerg, DK
• Commissioning harbour: Oostende, BE
• Ownership: Parkwind (co-owners: meewind and Sumitomo Corp.)
About the V112-3.3 MW turbine
• 3.3 MW rated power output
• 55m long blades, each weighing 12.5 tonnes
• The rotor diameter of 112m has a swept area of 9,852m2
• The nacelle is 12.8m long, 6.8m high and 4m wide, weighing approximately 125 tonnes
• Over 200 V112-3.0/3.3 MW turbines have been installed offshore since 2013
• Since 2010, more than 7 GW of V112-3.0 MW turbines have been installed around the world
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
• 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
• 8 September 2016: MHI Vestas installs first V164-8.0 MW turbine at Burbo Bank Extension in the UK
• 15 December 2016: MHI Vestas wins 370 MW Norther Project, Belgium’s largest offshore wind park
• 13 January 2017: MHI Vestas signs largest order ever from DONG Energy for 450 MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 project in Germany
• 26 January 2017: MHI Vestas announces new world record for 24-hour power production of 216 MWh, set on 1st of December, 2016 at Østerild test facility
• 17 May 2017: MHI Vestas celebrates the opening of Burbo Bank Extension, the first wind park to deploy the V164-8.0 MW turbine, the world’s most powerful, commercially available wind turbine
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.