Vattenfall has placed an order for 49 V164-8.0 MW turbines for the 406 megawatt (MW) Horns Rev 3 project off the west coast of Denmark. The contract includes a five-year service contract to optimise power production. The V164-8.0 MW turbines – rated with a capacity of 8MW – will be optimised for the Horns Rev 3 project, utilising a power mode to enable them to deliver a maximum output of 8.3MW, further increasing the value for the customer.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s chief executive Jens Tommerup said: “Larger and more powerful wind turbines are a key driver of cost reduction. The use of an 8.3MW power mode with the large 164m rotor diameter provides an optimised rotor to generator ratio, demonstrating our ongoing focus on improving our technology, continuing to maximise value for our customers. The Horns Rev 3 project will set a new milestone for affordable offshore wind power and we look forward to working with Vattenfall on delivering that goal. We have a strong track record with Vattenfall, underlined by the 300MW Thanet project and the 160MW Horns Rev 1 project among others.”
Head of Vattenfall Wind Gunnar Groebler said: “Horns Rev 3 is a real milestone for us; it clearly shows that competition is a suitable way to reduce costs for offshore wind significantly. Horns Rev 3 is the cheapest recent offshore project and the experience we have gained from our other wind projects had a very positive impact. This project underlines our ambition to lead the industry in a highly competitive market environment.”