First turbine stands at Northwester 2

In: Windfarms
18/12/2019
The first MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW offshore wind turbine has been installed at the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm. Turbine installation is being completed using Jan de Nul’s jack-up installation vessel Vole au Vent.

All major turbine components have been assembled and pre-assembled in the Flushing marshalling harbour with the first four turbines leaving a few days ago. The turbine installation campaign is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2020.

Northwester 2 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 V164-9.5 MW turbines, it will provide a total of 219MW 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 Caluwaert, commented: “The installation of the first Northwester 2 turbine is yet another testament of the project moving closer towards producing green energy for over 220.000 households in Belgium. This energy will be produced by MVOW V164-9.5MW turbines, the world’s most powerful turbines to enter commercial operation till date.”

“The installation of the world’s first commercial wind turbine exceeding 9 MW is an exceptionally proud moment for our company,”
said MHI Vestas Chief Operations Officer Flemming Ougaard. “The installation of our first fleet of V164-9.5 MW turbines is an example of our company’s strong partnership with Parkwind and our passion for offshore wind technology.”

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