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Published on February 19th, 2014 | by Joshua S Hill


UK Offshore Wind Farm Will Field Vestas’ 8 MW Behemoths

February 19th, 2014 by  

An innocuous trio of sentences released Tuesday on Vestas’ press office heralded big news for the company and their new 8 MW wind turbines, which are set to be installed for the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm, being constructed by Danish company DONG Energy.

According to DONG Energy, the project will only move forward if the windfarm is awarded a Contract for Difference under the EMR FID-enabling regime, as well as all parties agreeing on a detailed supply agreement which is expected to be signed later this year.

The Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm already amounts to 90 MW, located off the North West coast of England. The Extension is expected to add 258 MW, and is looking to complete the extension in the second half of 2016. 32 of Vestas’ V164-8.0 MW turbines will be installed in the Irish Sea, becoming the first bulk order for the turbine since its introduction last year.

“The performance of the 8 MW turbine from Vestas is very promising,” said Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President in DONG Energy. “I see this as a very concrete step towards reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind. A competitive market for all components is essential to accomplishing this. I look forward to working with Vestas and the other members of our supply chain to find further reductions in the cost of electricity.”

As DONG Energy noted in their press release, they hope that the larger turbines will not only increase the competition in the multi-MW offshore turbine market, but help reduce costs of offshore wind farms by 35-40% for projects sanctioned in 2020.

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  • Ronald Brakels

    The company would have to be proud of themselves. Eight megawatts would have to be the biggest DONG ever errected. My guess is that at some point someone willl work out how to make it worthwhile to put these big babies on land. I have no idea how, but if it works out it would be quite a sight and would allow a lot more wind energy to be extracted per area of land since the big ones catch wind higher up that the shorter turbines don’t reach.

    • Hans

      It already happened, in Belgium there is a windpark using 7.5 MW windturbines by Enercon

      • Ronald Brakels

        Cool. Now we just need a giant crane in the US to errect them there. Might be a while before we get a giant crane in Australia, but we’re not exactly short of good wind sites, so it’s not a real problem. (Our problems are more political.)

    • JamesWimberley

      You run into difficulties in getting the biggest components – rotor blades and nacelles – to an onshore site; at sea there’s no real limit. It must be technically possible to assemble the pieces more on-site, but it pushes up costs compared to assembly-line factory production and I suppose makes QA harder. Belgium is very flat and has lots of canals – were the components for the 7 MW turbines brought in by barge?

      • Ronald Brakels

        Yes, it certainly would be very difficult to get the components to inland sites in say the continental US. Australian wind farms are usually not far from the ocean but the components still have to go from the port to the site and items that big just don’t suit our transport infrastructure. Maybe in the future there will be cost effective ways to assemble giant blades and other components from parts on site, but while there is a incentive to build big turbines inland we’ll have to wait and see if that incentive is large enough for people to do something about it.

  • Ross

    Yay get them up!

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