MHI Vestas to supply 100 offshore wind turbines for Moray East project

22 August 2018 (Last Updated August 22nd, 2018 10:31)

Moray Offshore Windfarm East (Moray East) has signed a conditional agreement with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the delivery of wind turbine generators.

MHI Vestas to supply 100 offshore wind turbines for Moray East project
MHI Vestas’ V164-9.5MW wind turbine generator. Credit: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

Moray Offshore Windfarm East (Moray East) has signed a conditional agreement with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the delivery of wind turbine generators.

Under the agreement, MHI Vestas will supply and install 100 units of its V164-9.5MW turbines for Moray East.

Located 22km from the coast of Scotland, Moray East is a 950MW offshore wind project that can generate enough electricity sufficient to power 950,000 homes in the UK.

Last year, a Contract for Difference (CfD) was won in the UK Government’s 2nd competitive CfD auction to supply electricity at £57.50/MWhr for 15 years.

"This translates into clean energy jobs locally and across the UK through our production of blades on the Isle of Wight and the local offshore wind supply chain."

Last October, MHI Vestas was selected as the preferred turbine supplier for the Moray East offshore wind project.

Moray East is a joint venture (JV) company owned by EDP Renewables (57%) and Engie (23%) and Diamond Generating Europe (DGE) (20%).

Moray East project director Oscar Diaz said: “This agreement comes after the selection of MHI Vestas as preferred turbine supplier, and Fraserburgh as a preferred port from which operation and maintenance of the turbines will be undertaken.”

On the other hand, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is also a JV company between Vestas Wind Systems (50%) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%.

MHI Vestas CEO Philippe Kavafyan said: “With this conditional agreement, we are exceptionally pleased to see Moray East move one step closer to Final Investment Decision.

“The supply of 100 units of our V164-9.5 MW turbines, the most powerful commercially available turbine in the world, is confirming MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s strong UK pipeline.

“This translates into clean energy jobs locally and across the UK through our production of blades on the Isle of Wight and the local offshore wind supply chain.”

In May this year, Moray East announced Fraserburgh as the preferred operations and the maintenance port for the project.