MHI Vestas sets new offshore wind energy milestone

MHI Vestas sets new offshore wind energy milestone

MHI Vestas has installed the first V164-8.0MW wind turbine at DONG Energy’s 258MW Burbo Bank Extension project off of the coast of Liverpool, UK.

The turbine is the first of 32 to be installed at the site, which will set a new benchmark as the first offshore wind project to utilise the world’s most powerful and largest turbine.

Jens Tommerup, CEO of MHI Vestas said: “The offshore installation of the first V164-8.0MW turbine is a significant achievement for MHI Vestas and an important milestone for the offshore wind industry.

“The introduction of the V164-8.0MW will support the industry’s ambitions to drive down the cost of energy through reduced installation time, electrical infrastructure, foundations, and service visits compared to power plants using less powerful turbines.”

Claus Bøjle Møller, project director at Dong Energy stated: “The installation of this world-first technology is really paving the way for offshore wind energy. By using bigger turbines we are able to bring down the cost of providing clean, renewable energy to homes around the UK.”

The blades were designed, tested and manufactured at the MHI Vestas blade factory on the Isle of Wight. They are the first locally built blades to be installed at a UK offshore wind power plant.