21 June 2018

Moray Firth East wind farm commissions World’s most powerful turbines

Moray East Wind Farm

The world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines were commissioned yesterday and are now fully confirmed for use on the 100 turbine Moray (East) Wind Farm development, due to begin construction in 2022 reports David Mcphee for Energy Voice.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind said it had secured final certification for the “world’s most powerful available turbine”.

The Moray Firth based wind project will include the supply and installation of 90 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine generators.

The development is a joint venture company owned by EDP Renewables (77%) and ENGIE (23%).

A spokesman for Moray (East) Wind Farm said: “This is another milestone in the progression towards highly competitive low carbon, low cost energy.”

Philippe Kavafyan, MHI Vestas CEO, said: “The first commercial installation of the world’s most powerful available turbine, the V164-9.5 MW, will be a Parkwind project, which is significant for our company and a notable milestone for the industry.”

Moray (East) confirmed MHI Vesta’s as its preferred supplier in October last year. The development is expected to power more than 950,00 homes. However, a spokesman for the company last year described that as a “very conservative estimate”.

He said: “In terms of the estimate, the average figures include other wind farms across the UK that are much closer to shore and where water is shallower compared with us, places where there is much less wind, so that pulls the average down. So it’s justifiable to say that the 950,000 homes estimate is very much a conservative estimate.”