MHI-Vestas to install two V164s for testing

DENMARK: MHI-Vestas has signed a deal with European Energy to install two V164-8MW turbines at a site in southern Denmark.

The V164 prototype has been operating since January 2014
The V164 prototype has been operating since January 2014

The two turbines will be installed at European Energy's Made project at the port of Esbjerg.

MHI-Vestas said the turbines are a new version of the V164. It has some "technical adjustments" from the prototype installed at Osterild, Denmark, in January 2014.

The offshore joint venture said it would use the opportunity to install the turbines onshore to test installation methods, operations and maintenance.

A company spokesperson said: "We decided it is better to do more upfront testing so when we are installing [Dong Energy's] Burbo Bank Extension next year then the turbines are performing as well as they can be."

MHI-Vestas CEO Jens Tommerup said the deal "sends a clear signal to the market that the development of the turbine is on track". The turbine was certified by technical standards body DNV GL in April.

MHI-Vestas has also been contracted to install two V117-3.45MW turbines at the site for testing. MHI-Vestas said it will begin offering the V117 to the offshore sector, adding to the V164 and the V112-3.3MW turbine currently in its portfolio.

The 3.45MW features Vestas' power mode option boosting the turbines capacity from 3.3MW. 

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