Following the announcement in October 2017 of the selection of MHI Vestas as preferred turbine supplier for the Moray East offshore wind project, Moray East has today signed a conditional agreement with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the supply and installation of 100 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW offshore wind turbine generators.
Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited, known as Moray East, is a 950 MW offshore wind project 22km from the coast of Scotland, which in 2017 won a Contract for Difference (CfD) from the UK Government to supply electricity at £57.50/MWhr, representing a significant cost reduction compared with similar projects under construction today (typically £140/MWhr).
In May, Moray East announced Fraserburgh as the preferred Operations and Maintenance port for the project.
Project Director for Moray East, Oscar Diaz, said: “This agreement comes after the selection of MHI Vestas as preferred turbine supplier, and Fraserburgh as preferred port from which operation and maintenance of the turbines will be undertaken. I am grateful for the co-operation with our partners in industry and beyond which will enable the project to reach another important milestone.”
MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan, commented: “With this conditional agreement, we are exceptionally pleased to see Moray East move one step closer to Final Investment Decision. The supply of 100 units of our V164-9.5 MW turbines, the most powerful commercially available turbine in the world, is confirming MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s strong UK pipeline.
“This translates into clean energy jobs locally and across the UK through our production of blades on the Isle of Wight and the local offshore wind supply chain. We look forward to working together with the Moray East project to maximise its potential for the local area.”