MHI Vestas enters new conditional turbine supply deal

The offshore turbine supplier is on the hunt for deals in Europe, Asia and the US

MHI Vestas, the offshore wind turbine manufacturer, has secured a new conditional supply agreement, according to part-owner Vestas.

The order is “not materially above” MHI Vestas’ announcement threshold of 800MW, Vestas said in a statement. The OEM will disclose more information “if and when” it becomes a firm order.

Owned jointly by Danish turbine supplier Vestas and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Denmark-based MHI Vestas is a leading global offshore turbine supplier, trailing only Siemens Gamesa in the European market last year.

MHI Vestas claims 2.2GW of firm and unconditional orders on its books for projects to be built in 2018-20, all of it in Europe, including the Blauwind consortium’s Borssele III/IV developments off the Netherlands – set to use the V164-9.5MW turbine – and Vattenfall’s Horns Rev 3 currently under construction off Denmark using the V164-8.3.

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MHI Vestas is also the preferred supplier for another 2.7GW of capacity, including nearly 1GW in Taiwan.

The company has been looking to secure a role in the emerging US offshore wind market, with plans to test its V164-9.5MW drive-train at a test facility at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Vineyard Wind, which recently scored an 800MW contract with the state of Massachusetts, has said it hopes to finalise its turbine-supply deal by the end of 2018.

Rival turbine OEM Siemens Gamesa this week scored its first offshore order in the US, for Dominion Energy's two-turbine 12MW pilot off the mid-Atlantic state of Virginia, with Denmark's Orsted to act as offshore EPC contractor.

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