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Vestas Receives 165 MW Order For Wind Project In Belgium

Danish wind energy company Vestas Offshore Wind has received a 165 MW order for an offshore wind farm in Belgium.

According to a new project announcement on its website, the wind energy giant will deliver 50 V112-3.3 MW wind turbines to Parkwind NW’s Nobelwind offshore wind project in Belgium, amounting to a total capacity of 165 MW. Vestas is also contracted to provide 15 years of service to the installation upon completion.

Information regarding this project hovered in the industry earlier this year (PDF), but the order was only made “firm and unconditional” this week.

“We are proud that Parkwind has once again decided to partner with MHI Vestas to supply turbines for the Nobelwind project,” said Jens Tommerup, CEO at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. “When the project is completed, MHI Vestas and Parkwind will have together installed over 500 MW in Belgium, with all projects serviced by MHI Vestas technicians working out of our site office in Oostende.”

The Nobelwind project is set to be located 47 kilometers from the coast of Belgium in the North Sea, and upon completion in 2017 will produce 651 GWh of clean energy each year, which is the equivalent electricity necessary to provide for 186,000 Belgian households.

New figures published by FTI Intelligence this week show that Vestas is the world’s leading wind turbine OEM, highlighted by a near-record intake during the second quarter of 2015 of 3 GW. Vestas also popped up in the news again late last week, when it was announced Google would acquire Vestas’ share of Africa’s largest wind project, the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Northern Kenya. Google will make the purchase upon the completion of construction, which is being led and supplied by Vestas.

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