Final turbine sails to WindFloat Atlantic project site for installation

Aarhus, Denmark
May 29, 2020

Final turbine sails to WindFloat Atlantic project site for installation

MHI Vestas confirms that the final V164-8.4 MW turbine atop Principle Power’s semi-submersible WindFloat Foundation has left the quay in Northern Spain and is sailing toward the project site.

When the final turbine arrives at its destination after a 250 km journey, WindFloat Atlantic will consist of three V164-8.4 MW turbines – the largest and most powerful wind turbines operating on floating foundations worldwide.

The project site is located 20 km off the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal at a sea depth of 100 meters. The WindFloat Atlantic project is being developed by a consortium made up of EDP Renewables, Engie, Repsol and Principle Power.

“We are exceptionally proud to see that the final turbine at WindFloat Atlantic is now making its way toward the project site,” said MHI Vestas Chief Operations Officer, Flemming Ougaard. “The occasion is a testament to our passion for floating offshore wind and the strong partnerships we’ve formed on the project. WindFloat Atlantic is setting a new standard in floating offshore wind and is a sign of things to come in our industry.”

Once fully commissioned, the 25 MW project will deliver clean energy to 60,000 homes and provide insights related to progressing the future floating projects in the offshore wind industry.

MHI Vestas continues to advance floating offshore wind’s track record as the company has been named preferred supplier for two floating projects in France, Groix & Belle Ile and EFGL, scheduled for installation in 2022, and is preparing for installation of the Kincardine floating project in Scotland later this year.


About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company’s focus is to design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to create sustainable value through offshore wind power by driving capital and operating savings and increasing the power output of wind turbines. An innovative force in offshore wind since its inception in 2014, the company is guided by its founding principles of collaboration, trust, technology, and commitment.

About WindFloat Atlantic

  • Developer: WindPlus
  • Turbines: 3 x V164-8.4 MW turbines from MHI Vestas
  • Blade tip height: 190 meters
  • Foundation: WindFloat (floating, semi-submersible)
  • Foundation technology supplier: Principle Power, Inc.
  • Project Capacity: 25 MW
  • Location: Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Northern Region
  • Distance From Shore: 20 km
  • Sea Depth: 100 metres
  • Nominal Voltage: 66 kV
  • Noteworthy fact: Largest and most powerful wind turbines operating on a floating foundation


MHI Vestas in the Floating Offshore Wind Sector

Five (5) projects to date:

  • WindFloat 1 (Portugal) – 1 x V80-2.0 MW installed in 2011 (decommissioned)
  • WindFloat Atlantic (Portugal) – 3 x V164-8.4 MW (currently being installed)
  • Kincardine (Scotland) – 5 x V164-9.5 MW (planned installation in 2020)
  • Groix & Belle Ile (France) – 3 x V164-9.5 MW (planned installation in 2022)
  • EFGL (France) – 3 x V164-10.0 MW (planned installation in 2022)

Most powerful turbines operating on a floating platform:

  • 2019: 8.4 MW
  • 2020: 9.5 MW
  • 2022: 10.0 MW
  • Projected installed base as of 2022: 14 turbines, 134 MW