Aarhus, March 6, 2017

Production facilities in Nakskov and Lindø are seeking production employees and engineers to help meet increasing demand for the groundbreaking V164-8.0 MW turbine platform.

After recently recruiting over 100 manufacturing jobs in the UK, MHI Vestas is turning its attention to manufacturing sites at Lindø and Nakskov, and is now recruiting 414 additional employees at the company’s Danish nacelle and blade factories.

The current hiring wave, which will nearly double the number of employees at the two factories, will have a significant economic impact on Fyn and Lolland, further entrenching the company’s long-term presence in both regions.

MHI Vestas CEO Jens Tommerup said, “MHI Vestas is proud to be able to create more than 400 manufacturing jobs at our facilities in regional Denmark. The additional positions are a positive reflection of the market’s increasing interest in the 8 MW platform and MHI Vestas in general. They are good for the communities of Nakskov and Lindø, and good for Denmark as we continue to develop regional competence centers with highly skilled employees.”

With world-class facilities focused on safety, thorough training, and continuous education, MHI Vestas has become one of the top workplace destinations for highly skilled production employees and engineers throughout Denmark.
The company is looking for people who want to make a difference for the environment and play a key role in ensuring MHI Vestas’ position as the world’s leading offshore wind turbine manufacturer.

Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities, and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt, said, “I’m very happy for this news, which cements Denmark’s global leadership position in the wind industry – a position which the Government wants to expand further by, among other things, building several test sites for land and offshore wind power, as well as launching a screening of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea for possible locations for additional offshore wind power. Over 400 new Danish jobs is gratifying for growth and employment in Denmark and in particular, the regions on Fyn and Lolland. We must bear in mind that Denmark only is a source of inspiration for other countries if the Green conversion is cost-effective and supports growth, competitiveness and employment.”

The announcement comes as the offshore wind sector continues to see costs decline, making wind energy more affordable for consumers. Through the development of the V164-8.0 MW turbine, 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 Denmark.

The major recruitment effort follows MHI Vestas’ production ramp up at its UK facility on the Isle of Wight last November. Just as the company entrenched its long-term presence in the UK, it now signals a strong commitment to continue bringing manufacturing jobs and economic vitality to rural Denmark.

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For more information, please contact:
Michael Morris
External Communication Manager
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
O: +45 8844 8950
M: +45 5221 6547
Mail: mijmo@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 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 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