Vineyard Wind has selected MHI Vestas as preferred supplier for the first large-scale offshore wind project in the US. The turbine supplier is also hiring new employees for its nacelle building facility in Lindo in Denmark.
MHI Vestas chief executive Philippe Kavafyan said “We feel honoured to have been selected as preferred supplier for the first large-scale offshore wind project in the US.”
The 800-MW offshore wind project, scheduled for installation in 2021, is large enough to serve as a catalyst for the build-up of a local supply chain in the region. Once the turbine supply order is confirmed, said MHI Vestas, it will begin the process of local hiring and supply chain investment to support the project as it nears the construction phase.
To keep pace with growing demand for offshore wind turbines worldwide, MHI Vestas plans to increase production capacity at its Lindo nacelle factory and hire new employees to work there. The company said it plans to recruit 50 new employees.
In addition to recruiting 50 new employees, the company is implementing a new testing regime designed to increase production and improve quality. “This next phase of production will allow us to meet demand and do so more efficiently,” said the company.
In addition, the expansion plan also includes an additional 10,000 m2 of factory space, and 27,000 m2 of storage space for completed nacelles, effectively doubling the company’s footprint at Lindo. The company also announced it has extended its lease agreement with the port to eight years.