UK's first-ever wind turbines shipped to Belfast
The United Kingdom’s first-ever locally built wind turbines have been shipped to Belfast. The arrival of the turbines has been confirmed by MHI Vestas, whose Belfast pre-assembly factory is the holding facility.
The wind turbines, whose blades were designed, manufactured and tested on the Isle of Wight, are destined for the Burbo Bank Extension project undertaken by DONG Energy.
The first shipment consists of six 80m-long blades that will be used in the Burbo Bank Extension, which is expected to reach 258 MW. They are the first locally made turbine blades to be installed at any UK-based offshore wind farm. MHI Vestas' Stag Lane, Newport factory, located on the River Medina, is where the unique processes and skills needed to produce wind turbines on a large scale were developed.
“It’s a significant milestone for the industry to see the world’s largest blades in serial production arriving in Belfast ready for installation. This marks the first time locally manufactured major components for offshore wind turbines are being used in the UK,” said Jens Tommerup, the CEO of MHI Vestas.
“Through investment and collaboration with our partners in the Solent region, we have created jobs, increased training opportunities and stimulated growth throughout the entire supply chain.”
Mr Tommerup added that he believes his company’s efforts are in line with Government objectives reflected in increased investment in offshore wind power.
On his part, Gregg Clark, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said that the Government’s efforts to build a strong UK supply chain is creating more job opportunities, attracting investment and creating a certain and stable climate for businesses.
Since April, when work started at the pre-assembly site, much has been done in preparation for this moment. Assembling, testing and pre-commissioning of the initial towers have already been completed.
Published by Green Jobs Online - 25th July 2016