In accordance with its V164 manufacturing plan, MHI Vestas continues to ramp up production for the 8-MW offshore wind turbine. Construction of a state-of-the-art, 5,600 sq. meter facility is also fully underway, which will house manufacturing of the Power Converter Modules (PCM) exclusively for MHI Vestas.
The broad demand for the platform has resulted in a ramp-up of employment in Denmark and the introduction of a dedicated assembly facility for PCM’s at the Port of Esbjerg.
“Since MHI Vestas brought the game-changing V164 – 8.0 MW turbine to the offshore wind market, we have, as expected, seen extraordinary demand for the platform,” said MHI Vestas Chief Manufacturing Officer, Robert Borin.
“The next phase of our production plan calls for a hiring ramp up for blade manufacturing in Nakskov, nacelle production in Lindø, and Power Converter Modules (PCM’s) at the Port of Esbjerg. PCM modules will be assembled in Esbjerg from Q4 2017,” he added.
The Port of Esbjerg has held a public tender for development of the purpose-built 5,600 sq. meter facility to accommodate PCM assembly for MHI Vestas. The hi-tech facility will create a dedicated space for PCM assembly, located close to pre-assembly, and will enable the company to further use the Port of Esbjerg’s expanding offshore wind expertise.
Just as MHI Vestas ramped up production staff on the Isle of Wight in the UK last fall, and in Nakskov and Lindø in the spring and summer this year, the company now is preparing for this fall ramp-up at Esbjerg.
“MHI Vestas is proud to be a major contributor to the development of manufacturing skill sets and the establishment of competence centers throughout regional Denmark,” said Borin. “We’re excited to see the next manufacturing phase taking shape as we remain dedicated to putting the best turbines in the water safely and on time.”