MHI turbines for Burbo Bank Extension

Thursday, 8 January, 2015 - 09:15
The turbines for Burbo Bank Extension is the first commercial order for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s V164-8.0 MW. (Photo: MHI Vestas)
The turbines for Burbo Bank Extension is the first commercial order for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s V164-8.0 MW. (Photo: MHI Vestas)

Dong Energy has decided to construct the offshore wind farm Burbo Bank Extension located 8 km off the United Kingdom coast in Liverpool Bay. The 258 MW project is the first commercial order for 32 of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s V164-8.0 MW wind turbines.

The order includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a five year full scope service contract. Installation is expected to begin in 2016, and commissioning is expected to be completed in 2017. Pre-assembly of the turbines will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Blades for the project will be manufactured at the recently announced production facility on the Isle of Wight, UK. MHI’s CEO Jens Tommerup says: “The V164-8.0 MW is our flagship wind turbine and a machine which will contribute to driving down the cost of offshore wind energy. Dong Energy was closely involved in the development and testing of the turbine and today’s announcement represents a significant vote of confidence from the world’s leading developer of offshore wind in the V164-8.0 MW and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.”

Burbo Bank Extension is the first of three projects for which Dong Energy was awarded Final Investment Decision Enabling contracts (Contract for Difference) by the UK Government in April last year. Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President at Dong, comments: “I am very pleased that with this final investment decision we can now begin the construction of Burbo Bank Extension. The decision to construct Burbo Bank Extension using an 8 MW wind turbine is another significant step towards reducing cost of electricity on future projects. Bigger turbines, producing electricity more efficiently is an important element in realising our ambitious targets.”

Katharina Garus

About the V164-8.0 MW

  • 8 MW rated power, with an optimal rotor to generator ratio
  • 80 m blades, the equivalent of nine double decker London buses
  • Swept area of 21.124 m2 , larger than the London Eye
  • The nacelle is 20 m long, 8 m wide and 8 m high, weighing approximately 390 tonnes including the hub
  • Approximate hub height of 105 m
  • Approximate tip height of 187 m
  • Reduces operational and maintenance costs by enabling customers to run fewer, larger turbines
  • World record production by a single wind turbine of 192 MWh in 24 hour period (October 2014)

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