MHI Vestas: US order is a good foothold into the market

The offshore wind turbine manufacturer is celebrating its contract to supply a US project, snatched away from Siemens. However, the CEO is well aware that a contested law could increase the price of offshore wind in the US.

Malta-flagged installation vessel Brave Tern installed the first US turbines last winter. Due to an old law, the vessel could not touch US soil. | Photo: Fred.Olsen Windcarrier

Last autumn, MHI Vestas got its first foothold in the US offshore wind market. Local project developer Leedco had opted for Siemens for test project Icebreaker in Lake Erie, north of the state of Ohio, but subsequently switched to the Danish-Japanese joint venture as turbine supplier.

However, MHI Vestas has more to celebrate than simply one-upping its competitor. Although the project, planned for installment by 2019, is only 20 MW and will not be built with the 8 MW flagship model V164 but rather with six V112-3.45 MW turbines, which tend to be primarily installed onshore, it will prove an important order if it becomes fixed and unconditional, says the CEO.

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