MHI Vestas strikes V164 supply deal

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has signed an agreement to supply four V164-8.0 MW turbines to the Velling Mærsk project in western Denmark.

MHI Vestas said the conditional deal will allow phase two testing of the 0-series V164’s development to commence.

A statement from the wind group said the main obejective is to "test the installation methods and operation & maintenance procedures of the turbine onshore, prior to the commencement of serial deliveries offshore”.

Installation of the turbines is due to take place from mid-2015. The deal includes a 20-year service agreement, with the first five years being used for testing.

Jens Tommerup, CEO of the joint venture, said: “MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is extremely pleased that Skovgaard Invest ApS, Energicenter Nordand a number of local land owners have invested in the V164-8.0 MW.

"It’s a big milestone for the new joint venture and it sends a clear signal to the market that the development of the turbine is on track.

“The order for the first 0-series V164-8.0 MW turbines is a crucial step in the ramp up towards serial production. We will verify the performance, reliability and efficiency of the wind turbine before taking it offshore.”

The first V164-8.0 MW prototype was installed at the Danish National test centre in Østerild earlier this year and is currently being tested in partnership with Dong Energy.

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

According to Tommerup, the new deal confirms the Ringkoebing-Skjern region as pioneer of wind technology.

“There is a real sense of community surrounding the Velling Mærsk project,” Tommerup said.

“Not only has the region been the primary area for testing of Vestas turbines for the past 15 years...but also 75% of the wind park is planned to be sold off to local land owners and other local members of the community under the Danish VE (Renewable Energy) Agreement.”