Danish turbine manufacturer to supply major offshore wind farm

A Danish wind turbine company is to supply one of the UK’s first major offshore wind farms, providing the 60 MW project with 30 turbines, at a total value of DKK650 million (£55.3 million), the company has announced.

Vestas – Celtic Wind Technology Ltd, a subsidiary of Vestas Wind Systems, has won the contract to develop the wind farm, known as North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm, which will be located approximately seven kilometres off Rhyll on the north coast of Wales.

The turbines will be installed during the summer next year, and the company will also be providing the foundations, electrical infrastructure, remote monitoring system and service for five years.

Expressing his pleasure at Vestas’ award of the contract, Tom K Pedersen, Managing Director of Vestas – Celtic Wind Technology Ltd, said: “The experience, which is currently being gained in the Horns Reef project off the west coast of Denmark, will be put to good use in this project under UK conditions.”

According to consultancy firm BTM Consult, in 2000, Vestas Wind Systems was the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, with a global market share of 17.9% (see related story).

Among Vestas’ recent orders are 62 turbines for the Californian Cannon Power Corporation (see related story), and 175 turbines for FPL Energy in the US (see related story).

In April this year the UK’s largest offshore wind farm was announced. The 76 MW farm is to be built off the Norfolk coast, and is due to be completed next summer (see related story). The two wind farms are part of a total of 18 new farms to be built around the UK coast (see related story).

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