Vestas picks Denmark for 7-MW offshore turbine production

Vestas' V164-7.0 MW turbine, which features blades 80m long, will be assembled in Lindø, Denmark, in a new 15,000-sq-m manufacturing facility.

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Vestas Wind Systems A/S (Aarhus, Denmark) announced on Nov. 24 that the nacelles for prototype and pre-series versions of its new dedicated offshore turbine, the V164-7.0 MW, will be assembled at Lindø, Denmark. For these purposes, Vestas has signed a fixed period business lease agreement with Lindø Industrial Park. The agreement, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2012, covers the lease of production buildings and production offices of almost 15,000m2/161,459 ft2 including overhead cranes.

As announced earlier this year, Vestas has also signed an option for land at the Port of Sheerness in the U.K. where it plans to build a fully integrated V164-7.0 MW manufacturing and assembly facility, provided the company sees early commitments and an order pipeline from customers that justify the investment. The lease agreement with Lindø does not change the U.K. plans.

A limited amount of nacelles will be assembled in Denmark and the turbine components will be thoroughly tested at the company's test facilities in Aarhus. Furthermore, some of the very first V164-7.0 MW turbines will also be tested in Denmark, namely in Frederikshavn in close collaboration with DONG Energy and at the Østerild wind turbine test center.

Søren Husted, president of Vestas Nacelles, says, “The agreement with Lindø provides us with some opportunities, in relation to geographical location, material and facilities that we would not have been able to find at any of our existing or former Vestas facilities in Denmark. The V164-7.0 MW nacelle will measure 12 by 24 by 7.5m and weighs in at almost 400 tonnes, so it goes without saying that we are looking at something much bigger than what we have ever made before. At Lindø they are used to materials of this size, so it was an obvious choice to place our prototype and pre-series assembly there.”