DONG Energy Places Record 450 Megawatt Borkum Riffgrund Wind Order With Vestas

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DONG Energy has placed a record order for 450 megawatts worth of 8 megawatt wind turbines with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the German Borkum Riffgrund 2 project.

Vestas announced earlier this month that it had received a record order for 450 megawatts (MW) worth of wind turbines, the largest ever for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind — the joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries LTD created back in 2014. The offshore wind turbine company will provide DONG Energy with 56 of its V164-8.0 MW wind turbines, which will come with a “five-year full-scope service contract with an availability guarantee.” MHI Vestas will optimize the turbines using MAX Power from the MVOW MAX Performance portfolio to increase the maximum output of the wind turbines to 8.3 MW.

“MHI Vestas is shaping the future of the offshore wind market with game-changing technologies that spur innovation for the industry as a whole to drive down the cost of offshore wind power,” said Jens Tommerup, CEO of MHI Vestas. “The Borkum Riffgrund 2 project represents another significant milestone in the history of MHI Vestas, and it underlines the positive response from the market to both MHI Vestas and our game-changing V164-8.0 MW turbine, and we look forward to delivering this record breaking project together with DONG Energy.”

“Furthermore the uprated 8.3 MW machine with the large 164 metre rotor diameter provides an optimised rotor to generator ratio, demonstrating our ongoing focus on improving our technology, continuing to maximise value for our customers.”

DONG Energy announced its commitment to develop the 450 MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm, located in the North Sea off the coast of Germany, back in June of 2016. Expected to be completed and commissioned in the first half of 2019, Borkum Riffgrund 2 will generate enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of around 460,000 German households.

“Offshore wind is a significant contribution to the German energy transition, and Borkum Riffgrund 2 confirms DONG Energy’s position as one of the major investors in the renewable energy infrastructure in Germany,” said Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President and Head of Wind Power in DONG Energy. “The 8 MW turbine takes offshore wind efficiency a further step forward, and the size of the Borkum Riffgrund 2 project is yet another indication of market maturity. We’ll continue our relentless efforts to drive down the cost of electricity from offshore wind.”

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