Dong Energy chooses Vestas’ turbine for Walney Extension

Friday, 6 March, 2015 - 10:30

Just one month after Dong Energy had decided to install offshore wind farm Burbo Bank Extension with Vestas turbines the next contract is already waiting. For Walney Extension Dong is banking on MHI Vestas‘ V164-8.0MW.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has been chosen by Dong Energy as preferred supplier for the proposed delivery of the V164-8.0MW wind turbine for phase 1 of the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm. Dong has decided to split the Walney Extension offshore wind development project into phase 1 and 2, each with a capacity of 330 MW. MHI Vestas has been selected as the preferred supplier for phase 1. As yet, Dong has not finalised the assessment regarding a preferred supplier to the other half of the Walney Extension development project.

Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President for Dong Energy Wind Power, 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." He continued: "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 by manufacturing the blades for the Walney Extension project in its UK factory on the Isle of Wight. I'm looking forward to continuing the cooperation with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and the other members of our supply chain to find further reductions to the cost of electricity."

Walney Extension has already been awarded a contract for difference under the EMR FID-enabling regime and, in November 2014, the project was granted consent by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. The Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm is located approximately 19 km off the English east coast, next to the 367.2 MW Walney Offshore Wind Farm. Based on the formal permits and timetable for the Walney Extension offshore wind farm, offshore construction of the wind farm could potentially start in 2016. However, Dong has not taken a final investment decision to build the offshore wind farm.

Katharina Garus

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