MHI Vestas in Rampion frame

Turbine-maker MHI Vestas is on the shortlist of potential suppliers to the 700MW Rampion offshore project in southern England, developer E.ON confirmed.

Rampion received UK government consent in July for the deployment of a maximum of 175 turbines off the Sussex coast.

A spokeswoman for E.ON in the UK said: “[MHI Vestas] are a shortlisted turbine supplier and we are currently in negotiations but no contract or commitment has been made at this stage.”

E.ON declined to comment further on the shortlist. The spokeswoman added: “Final turbine size is yet to be confirmed and forms part of the overall optimisation process currently ongoing.”

Rampion – which would enter operation by 2019 if E.ON decides to proceed with the development – is one of the plumb projects up for grabs among the UK’s Round 3 batch of offshore wind concessions.

MHI Vestas – a joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan and Danish wind giant Vestas – is tipped as a strong contender to supply the EDPR-led 1.1GW Moray Firth project in Scotland with its flagship V164 8MW turbine.

Dong in February named the turbine as its preferred choice for the 258MW Burbo Bank extension project in the UK.