Turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has opened a new office in Ostend in Belgium and is planning to base its US operation in Boston, Massachusetts, according to reports.
The new office in Ostend was opened in the presence of the Danish ambassador Karsten Vagn Nielsen, the new mayor of Ostend, Bart Tommelein, and alderman of the port, Charlotte Verkeyn.
MHI Vestas Belgium regional director Aart Bark said, “We will be servicing 244 wind turbines from the Port of Ostend by 2020 and were in urgent need of expansion. This new location offers room for our new employees. We now have more than 100 employees at our Belgian branch.”
A number of offshore windfarms in Belgium have turbines supplied by MHI Vestas, including Northwind (72 turbines), Belwind (55 turbines) and Nobelwind (50 turbines). A total of 44 turbines are due to be installed at the Norther offshore windfarm in 2019; at Northwester II another 23 turbines will be installed.
The service operation vessel (SOV) Esvagt Mercator has been based at Ostend since 2017 and in the near future other, similar service vessels will be deployed there. In addition to the SOVs, Ostend is also a base for crew transfer vessels servicing Belgian windfarms with MHI Vestas turbines.
Two crew transfer vessels are already operating from the port and three more are due to begin working from Ostend later this year.
Reports from the US suggest that MHI Vestas is to base its US headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Globe said executives at MHI Vestas were due to meet Governor Charlie Baker to announce details on 11 January 2018.
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