Vestas nails Kentish Flats 50MW

Vestas will supply 50MW worth of offshore turbines to Vattenfall for the extension of the Kentish Flats wind farm off the UK coast, it was confirmed today.

The deal for 15 of Vestas' V112-3.3MW model is the Danish wind turbine maker’s first order for the 3.3MW version of the offshore turbine.

The order includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a five-year service agreement. Vestas was named preferred supplier in 2012.

"We are pleased to have confirmed Vestas for turbine supply to Vattenfall’ s Kentish Flats Extension, particularly as Vestas and Vattenfall will work closely to maximise, where we can, contracting with the local supply chain in Kent for this significant investment," says Ole Bigum Nielsen, head of project execution at Vattenfall UK.

Construction of the extension approximately 10km off Herne Bay and Whitstable in Kent will begin in mid-2015.

The project will use Vestas’ facility at the port of Esbjerg in Denmark, where the turbines will be pre-assembled and pre-commissioned onshore before being shipped directly to the Kentish Flats Extension.

That way costs go down by reducing unnecessary transport of turbine components overland and avoiding commissioning hours while at sea, Vestas explains.

The company as per 30 June 2013 had already received a total of 4.6GW for its V112 turbine in general, which included 204 units of the V112.3.0 offshore turbine, but at that stage still none for the 3.3MW offshore model.