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Belgium is global 4th in offshore wind energy production

With the installation of Northwester 2, the country’s largest off-shore wind farm, Belgium – more specifically the northern region of Flanders – has achieved 1,775 MW in installed capacity and outranks Denmark as 4th- largest offshore wind energy producer worldwide. In Europe, Belgium ranks 3rd.

Belgian offshore wind farm SeaMade construction works

Global installed capacity (half-yearly overview (June 2020))

Ranking Country Production capacity
1 UK 10,428 MW
2 Germany 7,659 MW
3 China ~7,000 MW
4 Belgium 1,774 MW
5 Denmark 1,703 MW
6 Netherlands 1,126 MW

Enough energy for 2.2 million homes

With its 1,775 MW production capacity, wind power on the Belgian North Sea provides electricity equivalent to the consumption of 1.8 million homes. By the end of 2020, when the largest windfarm in Flanders’ North Sea territory, SeaMade, is fully operational, Belgium will reach an installed capacity of 2,262 MW and produce enough electricity to power 2.2 million homes.

One-fifth of all offshore wind energy in Belgium

SeaMade construction works are proceeding as planned, despite the coronavirus. As of June 2020, the first of its 58 wind turbines has been installed. Once all 58 are operational, SeaMade will provide enough power for 485,000 families – totaling about one-fifth of Belgium’s overall offshore wind energy production.

About Belgium and Flanders

With Dutch as its official language, Flanders (Dutch: Vlaanderen) is the autonomous northern region of Belgium. The capital of both Belgium and Flanders is Brussels.

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9 July 2020

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