SSE has confirmed that Vestas will supply all of the 103 turbines for its 443MW Viking onshore wind farm in the Shetland Isles.
The deal is Vestas’ largest single order for a standalone onshore wind farm and the supplier plans to set up a local base to service the wind farm once operational.
Given Viking’s the strong winds at Viking’s North Atlantic site, SSE said the turbine model chosen “is known for its ability to withstand extreme wind conditions”.
Turbine deliveries and commissioning will begin in the first quarter of 2023 ahead of expected wind farm completion in 2024.
“Viking will be the largest onshore wind farm in the UK by output and will bring significant economic opportunities to Shetland and beyond – including the ambition by Vestas to establish a Shetland-based service team providing high quality employment and apprentice opportunities,” said Paul Cooley, director of capital projects at SSE Renewables.
Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe, said the project “sends a strong signal for economic growth and green recovery in Shetland, the UK and beyond”.