MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has reportedly announced to have received an unconditional and firm order for a 860 MW offshore wind farm in the UK. According to trusted sources, the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Ltd has placed the order which will be the biggest project undertaken by MHI Vestas to date.
Reportedly, the company – a Danish-Japanese joint venture – will be supplying 90 of its flagship turbines for the 860 MW project. The V164-9.5 MW turbines are reportedly the most powerful commercially available turbines in the world.
According to a press release by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, the deal apparently affirms the company’s standing in the offshore wind market of the UK. The wind turbine supply deal also includes a comprehensive 5-year maintenance and service agreement, notes the press release.
Furthermore, MHI Vestas reportedly specified that it would be delivering the turbines itself and the project will not be part of the Vestas Wind Systems A/S order backlog.
Philippe Kavafyan, CEO of MHI Vestas, reportedly stated that the deal has generated many high-skill job opportunities within the local offshore wind sector and that the UK has affirmed its standing as the world leader in offshore wind. Kavafyan further added that the company is proud to partner with Triton Knoll and looks forward to working on the project to leverage its industrial footprint in the UK.
The offshore wind company also reportedly confirmed that it will be carrying out the pre-assembly operations at the Seaton port in Teesside belonging to Able UK. It further anticipates that the pre-assembly operations would create around 40 to 50 jobs in the local area either indirectly through supporting businesses or directly through new openings. Reportedly, the company would also be managing logistics related to the project.
The announcement comes along the heels of another conditional order obtained by MHI Vestas for Scotland’s Moray East Offshore Wind Farm.