MHI Vestas to supply record 9.5MW turbines to offshore UK wind farm

A deal has been reached for MHI Vestas to supply its 9.5MW turbines, the world’s largest in terms of capacity, to the developers of the UK’s 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind park in the North Sea.

German renewable energy firm Innogy and joint venture (JV) partner Statkraft of Norway will purchase 90 of the upgraded V164 machines, becoming one of the first ventures in the world to utilise the giant turbines.

The turbines were constructed under a JV with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and designed to challenge the current market leading offshore turbine, an 8MW Siemens Gamesa invention.

MHI Vestas data reveals that the skyscraper turbines, which stand at just below 200 metres tall, can deliver enough energy to power 8,300 homes in the UK.

A final investment decision for the Triton facility is now likely to arrive in 2018, with full onshore construction starting shortly followed by offshore construction in 2020.