Vestas receives 300-MW order for offshore turbines

Vestas will deliver 100 units of its V90-3.0 MW wind turbine; they'll be located 11.3 km offshore from Foreness Point in the Thames Estuary on the easternmost part of the Kent coastline in the U.K.

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (Randers, Denmark) announced on Dec. 1 that it has received an order for an offshore wind power plant with a total capacity of 300 MW. The wind power plant, Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, consists of 100 units of the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine and will be located 11.3 km/7 miles offshore from Foreness Point in the Thames Estuary on the easternmost part of the Kent coastline in the U.K. 
 
The order has been placed by Vattenfall Wind Power and comprises design, supply, construction, testing and commissioning of the 100 wind turbines as well as a five-year operation and maintenance contract. Vattenfall is responsible for foundations, offshore and onshore cables with substations and offshore installation vessels.
 
“We are pleased to be supplying turbines for the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, which is one of the first ‘round-2’ projects to be implemented in the UK,” says Anders Søe-Jensen, president of Vestas Offshore A/S. “The order cements Vestas’ dedication to the offshore wind market and we are of course delighted that a professional and important player such as Vattenfall Wind Power once again has chosen to work with Vestas.”
 
Delivery of the turbines is expected to take place during 2009 and 2010, and installation of the wind power plant will take place in 2010.
 
Anders Dahl, head of Vattenfall Wind Power, said, “As Vestas is one of the world leaders within wind power manufacturing, we feel very confident in choosing Vestas to supply turbines for the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm. Being one of the first ’round 2‘ projects to be built, it is of utmost importance that the Thanet Wind Farm becomes a success and it is our firm conviction that the agreement with Vestas helps to ensure the commitment needed to make this a reality.”