DONG Energy and MHI Vestas celebrate opening of Burbo Bank Extension
May 17, 2017
DONG Energy opens Burbo Bank Extension, home of the world’s most powerful wind turbine from MHI Vestas
Offshore wind executives meet today at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool to celebrate inauguration of momentous offshore wind park.
DONG Energy and its partners LEGO Group and PKA were joined by MHI Vestas in the inauguration of Burbo Bank Extension, the world’s first offshore wind park to utilise MHI Vestas’ record-breaking 8 MW wind turbine.
DONG Energy Project Director Claus Bøjle Møller said: “This is a proud moment for all involved. There has been a lot of public interest in this project due to it being the first time the 8 MW turbines have been installed offshore, so we are absolutely delighted that Burbo Bank Extension has been fully commissioned and is now providing clean energy to the UK.”
The V164-8.0 MW turbine from MHI Vestas – the world’s most powerful available turbine – produces renewable energy more efficiently than any other wind turbine in history. The mammoth turbine has helped lower the cost of offshore wind energy by enabling developers such as DONG Energy to run fewer, larger turbines.
CEO of MHI Vestas, Jens Tommerup, acknowledged the significance of the event, “The inauguration of Burbo Bank Extension represents a noteworthy milestone in the history of MHI Vestas and our stakeholders. We are extremely proud to supply 32 of our 8 MW turbines to DONG Energy and help provide renewable energy for more than 230,000 UK homes.”
The turbine blades were designed, tested and manufactured at the MHI Vestas blade factory on the Isle of Wight and are the first locally built blades to be installed at a UK offshore wind farm. This R&D facility was opened in 2011, specifically designed to develop the large blades.
In 2016, the first blades arrived at MHI Vestas’ pre-assembly site in Belfast Harbour. This site was the first bespoke terminal of its kind designed exclusively for offshore wind. These activities demonstrate the industrialisation of the supply chain as the offshore wind industry develops in the UK.
At 195m from sea level to blade tip, each turbine is taller than the Gherkin building in London and has a swept area larger than the London Eye. It uses blades weighing 35 tons each and measuring 80 meters long, the equivalent of nine double decker London buses.