Dong Energy has placed a contract with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the supply of V164-8.0 MW turbines for the Walney Extension West project in the UK. The project will be the second order for the V164-8.0 MW and with 40 turbines it will be the largest project using the turbines to date. The order includes a five-year service contract with an availability guarantee, ensuring optimised performance of the windfarm. The V164-8.0 MW turbines – rated with a capacity of 8MW – will be optimised for the Walney Extension West project, utilising a ‘power mode’ to enable delivery of a maximum output of 8.25MW.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s chief executive officer, Jens Tommerup, said: “This will be the second project to use the V164-8.0 MW. Our order backlog with Dong Energy now stands at 588MW, which demonstrates the confidence the customer has in our technology and our company. The use of the power mode demonstrates our ongoing focus of optimising our technology, continuing to provide greater value for our customers.”
Blades for the project will be produced at the MHI Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight in the UK, where over 200 employees are already working on series production of 80m blades for the Burbo Bank Extension project.