MHI Vestas to Build Blades for Largest Offshore Wind Turbines in Southern England
Published By : 13 Nov 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
MHI Vestas Offshore Winds has decided that it will manufacture blades for its largest turbines in Isle of Wight, Southern England. This is the first step of the company towards a larger wind energy strategy in England.
MHI Vestas Offshore Winds is a joint venture between Tokyo’s Mitsubhishi Heavy Industries Limited and Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS). It will begin production if the turbine blades as early as the second quarter of the next year, depending on orders. The company will use Vestas’s existing research and development center for the production work.
Wind generation industry in the U.K. is highly developed – it features more than half of the world’s offshore wind generation installations. The country is also trying to build a domestic supply chain and expand the use of wind generation techniques.
U.K.’s wind industry is attracting a lot of foreign investment, not only in the sector of production of turbines but also across the supply chain. Vestas had cancelled its plans of building a factory in the southeastern part of England in 2012, after closing Isle of Wight based manufacturing facilities in 2009.
MHI Vestas’s current announcement about building 80-meter long turbine blades, to be used in the V164 8-megawatt capacity offshore wind turbines, is a step towards a wider expansion strategy in the U.K.
This facility is expected to give rise to 800 new jobs and contribute nearly 200 million pounds worth revenues to the European economy, MHI Vestas stated. More than this, the production of these turbines blades will also open new horizons for the development of current wind generation technologies.