Iberdrola has named MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as preferred wind turbine supplier for the 476 MW Baltic Eagle project in German waters of the Baltic Sea, off the island of Rügen.
The project, slated for delivery and installation in 2022 and 2023, will be the first offshore wind farm to feature the V174-9.5 MW turbine from MHI Vestas.
"We are extremely proud to launch our V174-9.5 MW turbine with the Baltic Eagle project," said MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan. "This will be a tremendous opportunity for MHI Vestas to deepen our experience in German waters and notably in the Baltic Sea. We look forward to confirming the order with Iberdrola and readying for installation."
The announcement is the second preferred supplier agreement between Iberdrola and MHI Vestas since November, when the two companies signed a similar agreement for Vineyard Wind in the US.
Xabier Viteri, Director of Iberdrola Renewables, said, "Baltic Eagle confirms the company's firm commitment to use technological innovation to deliver utility-scale renewable projects which combat climate change and foster economic and social development in the territories where we operate."
The project will be the 3rd German offshore wind project for MHI Vestas, following the recently installed Borkum Riffgrund 2 and Deutsche Bucht, scheduled for installation this year. The offshore wind farm is also one of 10 projects in Germany which have been tendered in 2017 and 2018 and which will be installed between 2022 and 2025.
Against the background of the German coalition agreement of 65% of renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2030, today's announcement comes as Germany's renewable production eclipsed 40% in 2018, while offshore wind has exceeded 6 GW and is on pace to reach the government target of at least 15 GW of offshore wind by 2030.