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Aarhus N, Denmark, 2013/12/19 - Vestas will supply 15 V112-3.3 MW offshore turbines for the Kentish Flats Extension off the coast of the UK. Kentish Flats, owned by Vattenfall, was installed by Vestas in 2005. It currently consists of 30 V90-3.0 MW turbines, which Vestas services.
With reference to Vestas Wind Systems A/S’ company announcement No. 51/2013 of 19 December 2013, Vattenfall has placed an order for 15 V112-3.3 MW wind turbines for the Kentish Flats Extension. The order with a total capacity of 50 MW includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a five-year AOM 5000 service agreement.
Ole Bigum Nielsen, Head of Project Execution at Vattenfall, UK, says: "We are pleased to have confirmed Vestas for turbine supply to Vattenfall’ s Kentish Flats Extension, particularly as Vestas and Vattenfall will work closely to maximise, where we can, contracting with the local supply chain in Kent for this significant investment."
The Kentish Flats Extension is located approximately 10 km north off Herne Bay and Whitstable in Kent. The construction of the project will begin mid-2015. The existing wind farm and the extension will combined be capable of generating between 350,000 MWh and just over 430,000 MWh of clean electricity every year, which is equivalent to the total annual electricity needs of between 82,000 to 96,000 UK households.
Uffe Vinther-Schou, Senior Vice President at Vestas Offshore says: “We are very pleased that Vattenfall acknowledges the strong business case of the new V112-3.3 MW turbine for offshore deployment and look forward to continuing building on our close collaboration including the long-standing service set-up in Kent with the current Kentish Flats wind farm and the Thanet wind farm.“
It is Vestas’ first order with the 3.3 MW version of the V112 offshore turbine. Vestas’ V112 turbine has proven to be very successful and as per 30 June 2013, Vestas has received orders of a total of 4,626 MW for the V112 turbine in general, which includes 204 units of the V112-3.0 offshore turbine. Furthermore, the project will utilise Vestas’ innovative pre-assembly concept: At Vestas’ pre-assembly facility at the port of Esbjerg, Denmark, the 15 turbines will be pre-assembled and pre-commissioned onshore before being shipped directly to the Kentish Flats Extension. This concept significantly lowers the cost of offshore wind energy because it reduces unnecessary transport of turbine components overland and avoids commissioning hours while at sea.
Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas’ more than 50,000 wind turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by over 60 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence.
Today, Vestas (vestas.com) has delivered wind energy in 73 countries, providing jobs for around 16,000 passionate people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. With 62 per cent more megawatts installed than our closest competitor and more than 58 GW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is the world leader in wind energy.
Vestas has been a pioneer within offshore wind since the birth of the industry and has, as per 30 June 2013, installed 581 offshore turbines equalling 1,409 MW.