DONG Energy has conducted a competitive tender for the supply of turbines, where Vestas Wind Systems as a result of the tender has been chosen as the preferred supplier with a proposal to deliver the V164-8.0 MW turbine for the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm.
The choice of Vestas is subject to the windfarm being awarded a Contract for Difference under the EMR FID-enabling regime, and to the parties agreeing on a detailed supply agreement which is expected to be signed later this year.
With the V164-8.0 MW turbine Vestas Wind Systems has increased the competition in the multi-MW offshore turbine market. DONG Energy welcomes the competition as this will be an important factor in DONG Energy's ambition to reduce the cost of electricity for offshore wind by 35-40 per cent for projects sanctioned in 2020.
"The performance of the 8 MW turbine from Vestas is very promising. 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," said Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President in DONG Energy.
In December 2012 DONG Energy and Vestas Wind Systems entered into an agreement to cooperate on a number of test activities for the prototype of the V164-8.0 MW at the Test Centre in Østerild to accelerate the development of the turbine.
The Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm has a maximum capacity of 258 MW and is located 7 kilometres off the English west coast besides the existing Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm which has a capacity of 90 MW. Based on the formal permits and timetable for the offshore wind farm it could potentially be built from second half of 2016. DONG Energy has not taken a final investment decision to build the offshore wind farm.
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