Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading manufacturer of wind turbines, has received an order for a 165 MW offshore wind farm in Belgium, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen. The order for the Bligh Bank Offshore Wind Farm, situated 46 km off the Belgian coast, comprises 55 V90 3.0 MW wind turbines as well as a five-year service and availability agreement. The Dutch contractor Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors will carry out engineering, procurement and construction.
The order was placed by Belwind N.V, owned by a consortium of Belgian and Dutch investors. President of Vestas Offshore, Anders Søe-Jensen says in a press release: "We are proud to be supplying turbines for the Bligh Bank Offshore Wind Farm. In addition, we are pleased to see this group of investors showing their confidence in the potential of offshore wind and we look forward to ensuring them a successful implementation of the project."
Delivery and installation of the turbines is scheduled to take place during 2010, while the final completion of the offshore wind farm is expected in early 2011.
Vestas is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs 20,800 people worldwide. The company has installed 38,000 wind turbines in 62 countries on five continents, and has a 20% share of the world market. The company generated revenues in 2008 of EUR 6,035m (USD 7,716m) and for 2009 forecasts revenues of EUR 7,200m (USD 9,206m).