May 15, 2017
Construction of a state-of-the-art, 5,600 sq. meter facility is underway to house manufacturing of Power Converter Modules (PCM) exclusively for MHI Vestas.
In accordance with its V164 manufacturing plan, MHI Vestas continues to ramp up production for the 8 MW offshore wind turbine. 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.
MHI Vestas Chief Manufacturing Officer, Robert Borin, said, “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. 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.”
“MHI Vestas is proud to be a major contributor to the development of manufacturing skillsets and the establishment of competence centres throughout regional Denmark. 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.”
The Port of Esbjerg has held a public tender for development of a purpose-built, state-of-the-art 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 utilise 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.