World’s most powerful wind turbine selected for Belgium’s largest offshore wind park

Aarhus, 15 December 2016


Norther N. V. (Eneco/ Elicio) has taken Final Investment Decision (FID) for the Norther project. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will provide 44 x V164-8.4 MW (totalling approximately 370 MW) wind turbines to Belgium’s largest offshore wind project.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind won the competitive tender process and was awarded the firm & unconditional contract for the 370 MW Norther offshore wind power plant in Belgium. The project is owned by Norther N.V. a JV between Elicio and Boreas (Eneco & Mitsubishi Corporation). The project will be developped with three sponsors Elicio N.V. (50%), Eneco (25%) and Mitsibushi Corporation (25%). When commissioned in 2019 the Norther project will be Belgium’s largest wind power plant.

“We are extremely pleased that Elicio, Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation chose MHI Vestas Offshore Wind using a competitive tender process.” CEO Jens Tommerup said, “Historically, MHI Vestas has had a strong footprint in the Belgium market and we know that our technology is well suited to conditions in the region.”

“MHI Vestas also has a strong partnership with Eneco, who we have worked with to deliver the 129 MW Eneco Luchterduinen and 120 MW Princess Amalia projects in the Netherlands, while we look forward to building our relationship with Elicio N.V. going forwards. Being selected for the Norther project underlines the customer’s confidence in the 8.0 MW platform and of MHI Vestas, and represents a big step forward in our partnership,” said Jens Tommerup.

The V164-8.0 MW turbines – rated with a capacity of 8 MW – have been optimised for the project, utilising a power mode to be able to deliver a maximum output of 8.4 MW, further increasing the value for the customer.

Norther with an awarded grid capacity of 370 MW is located in the Belgian North Sea, approximately 23 km off the coast of Zeebrugge and is able to produce clean energy to cover the consumption of 400,000 Belgian households, contributing significantly to Belgium meeting its target of generating 13% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.

“Project Norther and its shareholders Elicio, Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation are proud to conclude that after a long period of intense preparation and thanks to all parties involved we have been able to achieve financial close. Construction now really can begin.”

Norther is the biggest offshore windfarm in Belgium and will supply renewable energy to 400.000 households.

“We are sure that the construction and commissioning of Norther in 2018 and 2019 will be a successful endeavour with reliable and experienced partners as grid operator Elia, turbine supplier MHI Vestas and subsea contractor Van Oord”, according to Dennis Sanou, project director Norther.

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For more information, please contact:
Stewart Mullin
Director Marketing, Communication and Public Affairs
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 2246 1230
Mail: stmin@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 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)
• 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
• 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.

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