Tetsushi Mizuno appointed new Co-CEO at MHI Vestas

Aarhus, Wednesday 2 November 2016

On October 1, 2016, Tetsushi Mizuno was appointed Co-CEO of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, replacing Jin Kato, who will stay on as a senior advisor to the company for the next six months before reassuming a senior role at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Japan.

Mr Mizuno comes from a position as General Manager in Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, which is part of MHI group and is located in Takasago, Japan. Mr Mizuno has been with MHI since 1986.

Since commencing in MHI some 30 years ago, Mr Mizuno has worked in a wide variety of positions across the company’s businesses including; sales, HR and Business Strategy Planning.

In his role as Deputy General Manager for the Business Strategy Planning Department, he was deeply involved in the establishment of the joint venture between MHI and Vestas which led to the creation of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

“Being a core member of the initial Joint Venture team, I have followed the development of the company closely over the past two years. I am happy to be appointed Co-CEO at MHI Vestas,” Mr Mizuno said.

Mr Mizuno brings to MHI Vestas extensive management experience from mature industries, while being new to the offshore wind industry.

“Since our inception on April 1, 2014 we have secured a strong pipeline of projects, we have introduced a new level of competition to the market and we have seen the offshore industry start to become more established. Throughout my career I have worked with growing industries and I look forward to helping MHI Vestas to continue to drive the offshore industry to become a fully mature industry.”

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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.

For more information, please contact:
Stewart Mullin, Director of Marketing & Communication
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 2246 1230
Mail: stmin@mhivestasoffshore.com


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.

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)