MHI Vestas has been awarded a contract to install the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines off the coast of Belgium.
The installation of the record-setting 9.5 MW turbines is planned for late 2019 at the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
The 224 MW Northwester 2 project is the fourth collaboration between Parkwind and MHI Vestas. The wind farm will comprise 23 turbines and provide enough clean energy to power 220,000 Belgian homes.
“The Northwester 2 timing and general schedule is very challenging in the light of the timing wanted by the Belgian government. This challenging timeline has played an important role in the choice for MHI Vestas as turbine supplier having the capability of delivering the V164-9.5 MW. Parkwind is very delighted to have MHI Vestas for the fourth time as a partner,” commented the co-CEO’s of Parkwind, Eric Antoons & François Van Leeuw.
The conditional order announcement, which includes a service agreement, comes as the government has recently announced it will double offshore wind capacity in Belgian territorial waters, up to 4 GW by 2025.
The V164-9.5 MW from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is the most powerful and commercially available wind turbine in the world. With blades that are 80 m in length, one turbine can power 9,500 Belgian homes.
Parkwind today operates 552MW in the Belgian territorial waters and has a pipeline of another 554MW offshore in Belgium and Ireland.