First power generated by Northwester 2

In: Windfarms
First power has been produced at the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm, with the first MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW starting to supply electricity to the Belgian grid over the weekend.

All major turbine components are being assembled and pre-assembled in the Flushing marshalling harbour. The turbine installation campaign is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2020. Turbine installation is being completed using Jan de Nul’s jack-up installation vessel
Vole au Vent. The wind farm is expected to be fully operational before the summer.

The project is owned by Parkwind and Summit Tailwind. It will be the sixth wind farm in the North Sea off the Belgian coast. Consisting of 23 turbines, it will provide a total of 219 MW from its location off the coast of Zeebrugge. The project will have a 25 year life span and is expected to supply enough electricity to power over 200,000 households. Parkwind is leading the project's construction and currently anticipates the project will be operational during 2020.

Parkwind’s Project Director for Northwester 2, Peter Caluwaerts, stated: “Starting up production of energy is a key milestone for the Northwester 2 project and is the result of thorough preparation and collaboration between our team, contractors, shareholders, authorities and the Belgian transmission grid operator Elia.”

Chris Peeters, CEO of Elia, added: “This first important milestone as realized by Northester 2, marks also the first renewable energy production transported through Elia’s Modular Offshore Grid after its go-live end of last year. This major step was only possible through intense collaboration between both companies. We are especially proud by doing so to integrate more renewable wind energy to the system and to fully contribute to climate objectives.”

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