The Vestas V164-8.0 MW turbine has increased the competition in the multi-MW offshore turbine market, says Dong Energy. The energy company adds that it welcomes the competition because it will be an important factor in the firm’s goal to reduce the cost of electricity from offshore wind by 35 to 40% for projects sanctioned in 2020.
“The performance of the 8 MW turbine from Vestas is promising,” said Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President in DONG Energy. “I see this as a 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. In December 2012 DONG Energy and Vestas Wind Systems entered into an agreement to cooperate on a number of test activities for the prototype V164 at the Test Centre in Østerild to accelerate its development.
The Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm has a maximum capacity of 258 MW and is located 7 km off the English west coast besides the existing Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm which has a 90 MW capacity. 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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