Dong Energy has named Vestas' 8MW V164 turbine as its preferred choice for its Burbo Bank Extension project in the UK.
The announcement is a big boost for Vestas and its newly-formed JV with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which is competing with the likes of Siemens, Areva and Alstom for European offshore orders for the giant new turbine.
Dong said its choice of Vestas as preferred supplier is conditional on the project, planned at 258MW, being granted a contract for difference (CfD) under the UK’s new support arrangements, and on a detailed supply agreement being reached with its Danish compatriot.
Burbo Bank Extension will be built adjacent to the existing 90MW Burbo Bank wind farm in Liverpool Bay, northwest England.
The first prototype of the V164 has just begun producing power at its test site at the Danish National Test Centre for Large Wind Turbines in Østerild.
The wind group has previously said serial production of the V164 will begin in 2015 dependent on orders.
Samuel Leupold, Dong Energy’s executive vice president said: "The performance of the 8MW turbine from Vestas is very promising. I see this as a very concrete step towards reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind. A competitive market for all components is essential to accomplishing this."
Dong added: "The decision to appoint Vestas builds upon its partnership with Dong Energy following an agreement in December 2012 that the two companies would cooperate on the testing of 8MW turbine prototypes in order to accelerate the development of the turbine."
In 2012 Dong signed a framework agreement with Siemens over deployment of up to 1.8GW of the German group's 6MW turbines at UK offshore wind farms.