MHI Vestas, Samsung in Moray frame

The EDPR-led 1.1GW Moray Firth offshore wind development in Scotland has narrowed its focus on turbine suppliers down to MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), Recharge has learned.

Developer Moray Offshore Renewables Limited (MORL) has shortlisted the pair after evaluating proposals from potential suppliers to the project – the second-largest yet to be consented in the UK.

MHI Vestas Offshore and Samsung have both been invited by MORL to appear on separate days in Tier 1 slots at ‘Meet the Buyer’ events it is holding for the offshore supply chain in Aberdeen in early May.

Recharge understands that no firm commitments have been made to either manufacturer at this stage.

The Moray Firth zone – split into the Telford, Stevenson and MacColl projects, and allocated under the UK’s Round 3 – is majority owned by Portuguese renewables giant EDPR, with Spain’s Repsol holding a 33% stake.

A deal to supply the project – which received Scottish government consent in March – would be a major prize for both the turbine manufacturers.

MHI Vestas Offshore was formally created this month as the much-anticipated joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan and Vestas, the global wind turbine number one.

It is basing its plans on the flagship V164 8MW offshore turbine, a prototype of which is already up and running in Denmark.

Its only public  deal announcement to date has been to be named preferred supplier for Dong Energy’s 258MW Burbo Bank Extension project in England.

SHI, meanwhile, has a prototype of its 7MW turbine operating at a test site in Methil, northeast Scotland. First deployments are likely to come in Korea, but the manufacturer is eagerly eying opportunities in major European projects.

A spokesman for MHI Vestas said the company only comments on firm orders.

MORL and SHI have yet to comment on the matter.

Note: Update adds MHI Vestas response.