A major order to supply turbines to the Northwind offshore wind farm has been described by Vestas as “a very important milestone” in its plans to strengthen its offshore business.

The Danish wind turbine maker is to supply, install and commission 72 of its V112-3.0 MW wind turbines at the Northwind site off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium. The 216 MW project is due to be completed in mid-2014.

“This is a very important milestone for Vestas, as we look to strengthen our position within offshore,” said Juan Araluce, Chief Sales Officer, Vestas Wind Systems. “We are truly committed to the development of offshore wind energy and we are extremely proud to receive another strong customer commitment to our V112 platform technology.”

The order includes a 15-year service and maintenance agreement. Vestas’ customer, Northwind NV, is owned by Aspiravi Offshore and Colruyt Group.