MHI Vestas will take its V164 turbines into the U.S. offshore wind market for the first time as part of the Nautilus Offshore Wind Project near the Atlantic City, New Jersey coast.
Project co-developer EDF Renewables North America selected MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as the preferred supplier for the 25-MW project. The project plans to feature three V164 8.3-MW turbines.
The Nautilus project is being developed by EDF Renewables and Fishermen’s Energy. Pending final approvals, they hope to complete it as soon as 2020.
“The agreement today demonstrates our commitment to offshore wind and our ambition to establish New Jersey at the forefront of the US offshore industry,” said Tristan Grimbert, president & CEO of EDF Renewables North America. “EDF Renewables has a long-standing relationship with MHI Vestas in the UK offshore sector, as well as with its parent company, Vestas, having installed more than 2 GW of turbines onshore in North America. We are pleased to work with MHI Vestas to deliver the key component to our first offshore project that will deliver clean energy and economic benefits in the form of supply chain and jobs to the region.”
Nautilus Offshore Wind will be located in state waters and is already fully permitted. The project is currently under review by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for approval of an offshore renewable energy credit (OREC) agreement.