Dong Energy to use MHI Vestas’s wind turbines for Walney offshore extension project

18 February 2015 (Last Updated February 18th, 2015 18:30)

Dong Energy has selected MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to be the turbine supplier for the initial phase of Walney extension offshore wind farm in the UK.

Dong Energy has selected MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to be the turbine supplier for the initial phase of Walney extension offshore wind farm in the UK.

The project will be split into two phases, with each of these phases generating 330MW of renewable power.

Under the deal, MHI Vestas will supply V164-8.0MW wind turbines for phase 1 of the offshore project.

The extension project is located almost 19km away from the UK east coast. It is adjacent to the 367.2MW Walney offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.

"The performance of the V164-8.0MW wind turbine has been a decisive factor in Dong Energy’s decision to choose it for phase 1 of the Walney Extension development project."

Construction for the project has been scheduled to start from 2016.

Dong Energy Wind Power executive vice-president Samuel Leupold said: "The performance of the V164-8.0MW wind turbine has been a decisive factor in our decision to choose it for phase 1 of the Walney Extension development project.

"A competitive market for all components is essential to the industry in order to lower the cost of offshore wind power.

"I appreciate MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s efforts in establishing production close to the site and manufacturing the blades for the Walney Extension project in its UK factory on the Isle of Wight."

The project, however, still awaits final investment decisions.

Dong Energy, the developer for the project, had received approvals for the extension project last year in November.

The project will have a capacity of 660MW. It will feature inter array cables, offshore and onshore export cables within an export cable corridor and offshore and onshore substations connecting it to UK’s National Grid.