Offshore Wind

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems has won a contract from Eneco Luchterduinen to supply wind turbines for a 129MW offshore wind project in the Netherlands.

The contract includes the supply, installation and commissioning of 43 V112-3.0MW wind turbines for the offshore wind farm as well as a 15-year full-scope AOM 5000 service and maintenance agreement.

Vestas will pre-assemble and pre-commission the turbines at its facility at the port of Esbjerg, Denmark before being shipped directly to the wind farm, formerly known as Q10.

To be built 23km off the coast between the cities of Zandvoort and Noordwijk, the project will generate enough electricity to power around 150,000 households. Construction will begin in July 2014 and is expected to be completed by mid 2015. It is estimated to cost approximately $45bn.

Early this year, Eneco and Mitsubishi have finalised an agreement through which Mitsubishi acquired a 50% stake in the project. They have also entered into a long-term partnership agreement in the field of offshore wind energy.

Van Oord will be responsible for the foundations, the electrical infrastructure and the offshore transformer station as well as deploying offshore wind turbine transport and an installation vessel.

Joulz will install the underground electricity cable from the beach to the high-voltage station. TenneT will connect the cable to the switching and high-voltage station in Sassenheim.

Vestas senior vice president Uffe Vinther-Schou said that the contract builds on a successful collaboration between Vestas and Eneco, which was among the first customers to acknowledge the documented reliability of the new V112-3.0 MW turbine for offshore deployment.

"A turbine that since its introduction in 2010 has become a bestseller for Vestas with firm orders for both offshore and onshore versions now totaling more than 4,500 MW," added Vinther-Schou.

Image: Vestas receives 129 MW order for Dutch offshore wind project. Photo: courtesy of Vestas.