MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has secured a firm order from the developer of the Northwester 2 offshore windfarm in Belgium for the company’s V164-9.5 MW turbine. The project will be the first to make use of the turbine.
Developer Parkwind recently confirmed the firm order for the supply and installation of 23 of the V164-9.5 MW turbines. Installation is scheduled to begin in late 2019.
The companies attribute the fast installation timetable to what they described as a “highly collaborative approach, supply chain readiness, and the industrialisation of offshore wind in Belgium.”
Parkwind estimates that the 219 MW project will provide more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase and 100 long-term jobs for operations and maintenance.
The firm order, which follows financial close for the project achieved on October 5, includes a 15-year service agreement for MHI Vestas, and comes as the Belgian government is preparing for additional offshore wind capacity, of up to 4 GW, by 2025.