MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has announced that it will more than double the area it leases at the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark, growing to 138,200 square meters. The facilities will be used for pre-assembly and shipment of offshore wind turbine components.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind was one of the first companies to move into the new East Port in 2013, and since then, five projects have been executed from the facility. As offshore wind operations have continued to grow, MHI Vestas has deemed it necessary to grow its port facilities.
MHI Vestas says that it will use the additional area for pre-assembly and shipment of offshore wind turbine components. The total space of the MHI Vestas site will expand from 54,200 square meters to 138,200 square meters and will include an extra quay space for the execution of multiple projects simultaneously.
Pre-assembly for the 165 MW Nobelwind project in Belgium will commence at the site this June, with work beginning on the 400 MW Rampion project in the U.K. this September.
“Pre-assembly is a critical aspect of our business, and therefore, it is essential to have a dedicated site onshore with the necessary infrastructure where we can prepare our components for offshore installation,” says Bo J. Bjerregaard, director of pre-assembly and projects for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.
“This will ensure we can minimize time spent offshore, thereby reducing installation costs,” adds Bjerregaard. “We are preparing for a busy period where we will execute several projects from Esbjerg, and we highly appreciate the infrastructure investment and the flexibility shown by the Port of Esbjerg in supporting our asset light operations.”