Vestas to supply nearly 90% of Seagreen blades from the UK

In: Windfarms
02/06/2021
Vestas announced it is delivering 87% locally produced V164 blades for the 1,075 MW Seagreen project being developed by SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies.

Of the 114 blade sets to be installed at the Seagreen project, 99 blade sets, or 297 blades in total, will be produced by Vestas in the UK for installation off the coast of Scotland in the Firth of Forth by the end of 2022. Production is currently underway for the Seagreen project at the Isle of Wight facility, with the 1,000th offshore wind blade produced in the UK by Vestas – an 80m V164 blade – recently rolled out of the facility.

“With nearly 90% of the Seagreen project’s blades manufactured in the UK, we are delivering on our supply chain commitments to the UK,” said Tommy Rahbek Nielson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vestas. “That Scotland’s largest offshore wind project will be powered by largely UK-produced blades is a testament to the blade manufacturing and technology expertise Vestas has built in the UK. Vestas is proud to be powering UK homes through UK knowhow”.

John Hill, Project Director for Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm, commented: “The news that the majority of the Vestas blades will be manufactured in the UK is great for Seagreen and the renewable energy industry as a whole. We’re looking forward to working with Vestas to get the blades to site and to them becoming an integral part of Scotland’s largest wind farm”.

The V164 offshore wind blades are first produced at Vestas’ facility in Newport on the Isle of Wight, then painted and finished at Vestas’ painting and logistics facility a decommissioned oil-fired power plant in Fawley, Hampshire. To service the UK offshore wind sector, Vestas stated it has ramped up its staff to now employ over 1500 in production, blade technology research and development, construction, service and other professional staff across the UK.

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Seagreen offshore wind farm is located 27 km off the Angus Coast in the Firth of Forth. It will be developed and operated by Seagreen Wind Energy Limited. Once constructed, the wind farm will be the largest in Scotland. Phase One will feature 114 MHI Vestas V164-10 MW turbines and is expected to provide low carbon energy for more than one million homes. In September 2019, Seagreen secured a 15-year CfD contract awarded by the UK government. SSE Renewables is leading on the development and construction of the first 1,140 MW phase, supported by Total, and will operate the asset on completion, which is expected in 2022/23.

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