Denmark's Vestas is likely to be named as the supplier of wind turbines for the UK's largest offshore wind farm project, due to start early in 2007 and slated for completion in spring 2009. The value of the wind turbine contract is estimated to be DKK 2 bn (USD 360 m).
E.ON UK, which runs the British electricity supplier Powergen, gave the green light Thursday last week for work to start on the 180 MW Robin Rigg offshore wind farm, located on a sandbank 9 km off the west coast of Scotland. It will consist of 60 3-MW turbines, making it twice as powerful as the UK’s largest current scheme, as well as one of the world’s largest offshore schemes.
One possible cloud on the horizon however is that Vestas is known to be having some problems with the gear system of its 3 MW turbine, and is currently investigating the cause at the UK's Kentish Flats offshore wind farm, where nine of the thirty 3-MW turbines are reportedly affected. The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.
Vestas Wind Systems is the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer. The concern is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs 11,200 people worldwide. Vestas has production facilities in Denmark, Germany, China, India, Italy, UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Australia. In 2005, Vestas Wind Systems generated revenues of DKK 26.7 bn (USD 4.3 bn), and sold wind turbines with a total power of 3,185 MW worldwide. The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.