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MHI Vestas expands in Oostende

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MHI Vestas) has opened a new office at the Port of Oostende. An opening ceremony was attended by Danish ambassador, Karsten Vagn Nielsen, the new mayor of Oostende, Bart Tommelein, and alderman of the port, Charlotte Verkeyn.

MHI Vestas is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company designs, manufactures, installs and services wind turbines for the offshore wind industry.

MHI Vestas has been operating out of the Port of Oostende since 2013. The new office saw an investment of €2 million from the Port of Oostende authority. The total building has a capacity of 1300m² office space and an extra 1000m² of offices. It was constructed by main contractor Alheembouw from Oostnieuwkerke with subcontractors: Van Vooren (electricity) and SPIE (HVAC).

“Because we will be servicing no fewer than 244 wind turbines at sea from the Port of Oostende by 2020, we were in urgent need of expansion. This new location offers room for our new employees. Meanwhile, we now have over 100 employees in our Belgian branch,”
says Aart Bark, Regional Director, MHI Vestas Belgium.

“We proactively contribute to the expansion of the offshore wind business in our port. By establishing the needs of the market early on, we can invest in the necessary infrastructure so that the present partners can expand and new companies are attracted. This translates into permanent jobs, making the offshore wind sector even more interwoven in the region,”
says Dirk Declerck, CEO of Haven Oostende.

MI Vestas explained that in the near future, more and more service vessels will operate of the Port of Oostende. Currently the companies Service Operations Vessel (SOV)
Esvagt Mercator operates out of Oostende and is staffed by 36 offshore technicians who stay at sea for a duration of two weeks.  

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