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MHI Vestas expands Dutch footprint

MHI VestasMHI Vestas Offshore Wind and BOW Terminal announced an agreement today that the turbine manufacturer will establish a new pre-assembly facility over 20 hectares of land at the Port of Vlissingen in the Netherlands to support future offshore wind parks in the region.

Bo Bjerregaard, Director of Global Pre-Assembly & Logistics at MHI Vestas, said, “Our experience in the Dutch offshore wind market dates back to 2007, when the first offshore wind power plant was installed. Today, we’re proud to announce our newest investment in the Netherlands and are pleased to play a role in the creation of local jobs at the historic Port of Vlissingen. Establishing this facility further demonstrates our long-term commitment to the Dutch offshore wind market and will expand our expertise in the region.”

The Port of Vlissingen is becoming an increasingly strategic location for Dutch offshore wind power plants as a significant portion of future projects are slated to be constructed there. The Dutch government has announced three major offshore wind farm zones to be developed between by 2021: Borssele, Hollandse Kust Zuid and Hollandse Kust Noord.

The companies confirm that up to 50 local jobs will be created from the new agreement, with the employment ramp-up beginning in fall 2018.

Ludolf Reijntjes, Managing Director at BOW Terminal, said, "This new contract will mean a lot to Zeeland Seaports, BOW, Vlissingen and surrounding communities for years to come. Beyond direct employment at the port, there will be many opportunities for local supply companies as well. We look forward to sitting down with MHI Vestas in the months ahead to determine the necessary requirements for our first projects together".

The first project for MHI Vestas at Vlissingen, scheduled for late 2018, will be the Norther offshore wind park, located 23km off the Belgian coast and in close proximity to the new pre-assembly facility.

The Norther project will feature 44 MHI Vestas V164-8.0 turbines and will have a maximum capacity of 369.6MW. Full commissioning is anticipated for summer 2019 and when operational the project is expected to generate enough energy to supply nearly 400,000 households.

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