Parkwind and MHI Vestas have confirmed the completion of the first turbine at Northwester 2 in Belgium, off Jan de Nul’s Vole au vent vessel.
The 219 MW project is the first offshore wind park in the world to deploy the V164-9.5 MW turbine from MHI Vestas. The project will consist of 23 V164-9.5 MW turbines to spin 50 km off the coast of Ostend in Belgium.
All major turbine components have been assembled and pre-commissioned in the Flushing marshalling harbour with the first four turbines leaving a few days ago. Northwester 2 expect the turbine installation campaign completion during the first quarter of 2020.
Parkwind’s Project Director for Northwester 2, Peter Caluwaerts is pleased to announce the project is moving into its final stages: “The installation of the first Northwester 2 turbine is yet another testament of the project moving closer towards producing green energy for over 220.000 households in Belgium. This energy will be produced by MVOW V164-9.5MW turbines, the world’s most powerful turbines to enter commercial operation till date.”
“The installation of the world’s first commercial wind turbine exceeding 9 MW is an exceptionally proud moment for our company,” said MHI Vestas Chief Operations Officer Flemming Ougaard. “The installation of our first fleet of V164-9.5 MW turbines is an example of our company’s strong partnership with Parkwind and our passion for offshore wind technology.”
About Northwester 2
Northwester 2 is a project company holding a 219MW concession in de Belgian territorial waters. Current shareholders are Parkwind (70%) and the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Corporation (30%). Parkwind, a leading offshore wind company, has been in charge of the development and is managing construction and operational activities. The company is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and will operate from the Ostend harbor.
About Sumitomo Corporation
With its global network and based on trust from companies in various industries and from consumers, Sumitomo Corporation engages in multifaceted business activities by making the most of its Integrated Corporate Strength. These business activities include sales of a variety of products and services, import and export, trilateral trade, and domestic and international business investment. For more information, see www.sumitomocorp.com
About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company’s focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to create sustainable value through offshore wind power by driving capital and operating savings and increasing the power output of wind turbines. An innovative force in offshore wind since its inception in 2014, the company is guided by its founding principles of collaboration, trust, technology and commitment. For more information, see www.mhivestasoffshore.com or follow @MHIVestas on Twitter.