Belgium’s Northwester 2 project will be the first offshore wind farm in the world to use MHI Vestas’ record-breaking 9.5 MW turbine.

MHI Vestas has received a conditional order from Parkwind for 23 of its V164-9.5 MW wind turbine units for the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm and says that installation work will start in late 2019.

MHI Vestas said it was “delighted” to be collaborating with Parkwind for a fourth time and called the deal “historic”. CEO Philippe Kavafyan 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.”

Parkwind, an offshore wind farm developer, said that the timetable for the 224 MW Northwester 2 wind farm would be challenging, but said that the industrialisation of offshore wind in Belgium, a highly collaborative approach, and supply chain readiness, would make it possible. 

“This challenging timeline has played an important role in the choice for MHI Vestas as turbine supplier having the capability of delivering the V164-9.5 MW,” said Co-CEOs of Parkwind, Eric Antoons & François Van Leeuw. “Parkwind is very delighted to have MHI Vestas for the fourth time as a partner.”

The turbine supply deal includes a service agreement.