MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has reached a conditional agreement with DONG Energy to supply 32 units of the joint venture's V164-8.0MW offshore wind turbine at the Burbo Bank Extension project, located off the coast of England.
The 256 MW agreement is slated to become the first commercial order for the 8 MW offshore wind turbine; however, the purchase is conditional upon DONG Energy's final investment decision on the project.
Samuel Leupold, executive vice president of DONG Energy, says, ‘I'm very pleased that we've been able to reach an agreement with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind on the supply of the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the market. Larger and more cost-efficient wind turbines are key elements in the realization of DONG Energy's strategy toward reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind.’
This agreement further expands the partnership between MHI Vestas and DONG Energy. In December 2012, the two companies teamed up to test the prototype of the V164-8.0MW in Denmark. Following a competitive tender, DONG Energy selected MHI Vestas as the preferred turbine supplier for the Burbo project earlier this year. Based on the formal permits and the timetable, DONG Energy says offshore construction is expected to start in 2016.