The conditional agreement marks a significant milestone for the wind turbine’s development – the first major commercial project. The Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm is located in Liverpool Bay 7km off the north-western coast of England. Based on the formal permits and the timetable, offshore construction is expected to start in 2016.
DONG Energy and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind have reached a conditional agreement for the purchase of 32 units of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s V164-8.0MW offshore wind turbine for installation at the Burbo Bank Extension project in Liverpool Bay off the north-western coast of England.
Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President in DONG Energy, said: “With the V164-8.0MW offshore wind turbine in commercial use, the competition among the offshore wind turbine manufactures will increase for the benefit of both the industry and the electricity consumers. I also welcome MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s commitment to set up a supply chain in the United Kingdom for future projects.” The agreement further expands the MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and DONG Energy partnership. In December 2012, the two companies entered into an agreement covering the cooperation in connection with a number of test activities for the prototype of the V164-8.0MW at the Test Centre in Østerild, Denmark, to accelerate the development of the turbine.
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