MHI Vestas named preferred turbine supplier for 370MW Norther project in Belgium

18 February 2016 (Last Updated February 18th, 2016 18:30)

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has been selected by Norther as the preferred turbine supplier for the 370MW project in Belgium.

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MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has been selected by Norther as the preferred turbine supplier for the 370MW project in Belgium.

The 50 / 50 joint venture between Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to deliver V164-8.0 MW turbines for the project.

Dutch power company Eneco and Belgian renewable energy producer Elicio each own a 50% stake in the wind farm.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind CEO Jens Tommerup said: "MHI Vestas has a strong partnership with Eneco, who we have worked with to deliver the 129MW Eneco Luchterduinen and 120MW Princess Amalia projects in the Netherlands, while we look forward to building our relationship with Elicio going forwards.

"Being selected as the preferred supplier for the Norther project underlines the customers' confidence in the V164-8.0 MW and of MHI Vestas, and represents a big step forwards in our partnership."

The wind farm is owned by Norther and located in the Belgian North Sea, approximately 22km off the coast of Zeebrugge.

Upon entering service in 2019, the Norther project is said to become the largest wind power plant in the country.

"Upon entering service in 2019, the Norther project is said to become the largest wind power plant in the country."

The clean electricity generated will be enough to power nearly 370,000 Belgian households.

The project will help Belgium to achieve its target of generating 13% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.

MHI Vestas also received a 330MW turbine supply order from Dong Energy in December last year.

Under the contract, the company will supply 40 units of its V164-8.0 MW turbines for the Walney Extension West project in the UK.


Image: MHI Vestas plans to deliver V164-8.0 MW turbines for the Norther project. Photo: courtesy of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S.