Aarhus, 27 September 2016
Vattenfall has placed an order for 11 of the world’s most powerful turbines for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, in the UK. The innovative 92.4 MW project will conduct thorough testing and demonstration of next generation products and services that will drive down the cost of offshore wind power.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has received the order from Vattenfall-owned company, Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Ltd, to supply turbines and services for the EOWDC off the coast of Aberdeen, UK. MHI Vestas will deliver 11 V164-8.0 MW turbines, which will be the first to be able to power up to 8.4 MW, and a full scope service contract of up to 20 years to optimise power production.
The wind turbines have been optimised for the project, utilising an enhanced power mode to be able to deliver an output of 8.4 MW – making them the most powerful wind turbines in the world. This will further increase productivity from the EOWDC with it delivering a total capacity of at least 92.4 MW.
CEO Jens Tommerup said, “MHI Vestas is shaping the future of the offshore wind market with game-changing technologies that spur innovation to drive down the cost of offshore wind power for the whole industry.”
“Larger and more powerful wind turbines such as the V164-8.0 MW are a key driver of cost reduction. The turbine has an optimised rotor to generator ratio and the use of the 8.4 MW power mode will maximise output and increase value for the customer. We are looking forward to working with Vattenfall on delivering leading technology and services to the EOWDC.”
Adam Ezzamel, project director for the EOWDC at Vattenfall, said: “Choosing MHI Vestas’ V164 underpins our vision for the EOWDC to be a global-leading hub of innovation. The turbines will be paired with game-changing suction bucket foundations, representing an industry first, and will contribute significantly to reducing operational costs as well as help boost the industry’s drive to competitive clean power.”
Innovative technology to be tested
The Aberdeen Bay project will provide an ideal location to test the next generation of innovative technologies designed to make offshore wind even more affordable.
In addition to the 8.4 MW power mode, power curve optimisation, tower dampers as well as a 66 kV electrical infrastructure and other innovations will be tested. The V164-8.0 MW turbines feature new transformers and switchgears to enable connection to the 66 kV grid.
A suite of the new MHI Vestas products that are designed to maximise power output will be launched at WindEnergy Hamburg.
Blades for the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm will be produced at the MHI Vestas blade factory on the Isle of Wight, where over 280 employees commenced production of 80 m blades for V164 turbines in May 2015.
“We are proud to produce high-technology components for our turbines in the UK and be part of the continuous expansion of the local supply chain for offshore wind power. The prototype blades for the V164-8.0 MW were designed, manufactured and tested at the Isle of Wight facility and we have developed the unique skills and processes necessary to produce blades on a large scale,” said Jens Tommerup.
About the EOWDC
• Owned by Vattenfall
• Utilising record breaking V164-8.0 MW turbines, with a power output of 8.4 MW
• Located 2.4 km off the coast of Aberdeen Bay, UK
• A full scope service contract of up to 20 years with availability guarantee
• Installation and commissioning expected in the first half of 2018
• 19 – 32m water depth
• Pre-assembly for the project will take place in Esbjerg, Denmark
For more information, please contact:
Matt Whitby, Press Officer
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 2250 7131
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.
Vattenfall is a Swedish and state owned energy company with operations in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, UK and Finland. “Energy You Want” – Vattenfall’s vision is to be a dedicated partner to its customers and society at large, providing convenient and innovative energy solutions. Vattenfall aims to be a leader in sustainable production, ensuring reliable and cost-efficient energy supply.
About the V164-8.0 MW
• 8 MW rated power, with an optimal rotor to generator ratio (project specific power modes available)
• 80 m blades
• Each blade weighs 35 tonnes
• Swept area of 21,124 m2,
• The nacelle is 20 m long, 8 m wide and 8 m high, weighing approximately 390 tonnes
• Approximate hub height of 109 m (Østerild prototype 140 m)
• Approximate tip height of 191 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)
• 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.