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Flanders to use the world’s biggest off-shore wind turbines

In the morning of 5 October 2018, suppliers, advisors, bankers and other financing partners gathered at the Loyens & Loeff law firm in Brussels to sign the contracts for the construction of the 7th offshore wind farm along the coast of Flanders. A total of EUR 700 million has been collected for this project, called Northwester 2.

Offshore wind farm

Big in the North Sea

Northwester 2 will be built approximately 50 kilometers off the coast of Ostend, one of Flanders’ largest coastal towns. This makes it the most distantly located wind farm in the Belgian part of the North Sea.

What’s more, Northwester 2 will be the first wind farm to deploy the world’s biggest wind turbines: 23 copies of MHI Vestas’ latest V164 model. It’s not the first time that this Japanese manufacturer has taken part in such a project: in 2016, MHI Vestas announced the supply of 44 wind turbines for another wind energy park along the coast of Flanders.

Market leader

The wind turbines at Northwester 2 will have a capacity of 9.5 megawatts each, making them the most powerful to date. Construction will kick off in May 2019. By the end of that year, the wind firm should be operational. It will have a production capacity equal to the energy use of more than 220,000 families. “Belgium is the market leader when it comes to offshore wind energy production,” concludes Philippe De Backer, secretary of state for the North Sea.

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Reported by
De Tijd newspaper
11 October 2018

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