Vestas Receives 165-MW Offshore Order for Bligh Bank Project

Vestas has received an order for an offshore wind power plant with a total capacity of 165 megawatts (MW). The wind power plant, Bligh Bank Offshore Wind Farm, consists of 55 units of the V90 3-MW wind turbine and will be located 46 kilometers off the coast of Zeebrugge, situated in the zone dedicated by the Belgian Government for the construction of wind farms.

The order has been placed by Belwind N.V. owned by a consortium of Belgian and Dutch investors. The order comprises design, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of the 55 wind turbines as well as a five-year service and availability agreement. Dutch contractor Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors N.V. is responsible for engineering, procurement and construction for the project.

Delivery and installation of the turbines, including full power production is expected to take place during 2010. Final completion of the offshore wind farm is expected in early 2011, Vestas said in a statement.

“This 165 MW wind farm is the first phase of the 330 MW Belwind project. We look forward to working together with Vestas and Van Oord on the construction of the project which is a major step forward in realising the Belgian renewable energy targets. We are proud of our investors and banks, who enabled us to realise this investment in difficult financial times,” said Frank Coenen of Belwind N.V.

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