Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall has awarded a contract to MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to supply turbines and services for the proposed 406MW Horns Rev 3 project off the west coast of Denmark.


Under the contract, MHI Vestas will supply 49 V164-8.0MW turbines for the project, which is designed to generate clean energy required to power 400,000 houses.

The contract also includes a five year full scope service contract to optimize power production.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind CEO Jens Tommerup said: "Larger and more powerful wind turbines are a key driver of cost reduction.

"The use of an 8.3 MW power mode with the large 164 m rotor diameter provides an optimized rotor to generator ratio, demonstrating our ongoing focus on improving our technology, continuing to maximise value for our customers."

Planned to be commissioned in 2017, the wind farm will also help Denmark and the EU achieve CO2 emissions reduction target by 2020.

In 2015, Vattenfall announced its plan to build and operate the Horns Rev 3 offshore project, under a concession awarded by the Danish Government.

Vattenfall wind head Gunnar Groebler said: "Horns Rev 3 is a real milestone for us, it clearly shows that competition is a suitable way to reduce costs for offshore wind significantly.

"Horns Rev 3 is the cheapest recent offshore project and the experience we have gained from our other wind projects had a very positive impact."
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a 50-50 joint venture between Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

In June, VBMS was selected by Vattenfall Vindkraft to install 33kV inter-array cables for the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind project.

The scope of the contract includes supply, installation, post-lay burial, termination and testing of the inter-array cables. VBMS plans to carry out the works in mid-2018.

Image: The Horns Rev 3 offshore project in Denmark will feature V164-8.0MW turbines. Photo: courtesy of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.