installation works at the Norther offshore wind farm are well underway,
with turbine number 36 currently being erected. Around 80% of the MHI Vestas
units now stand at the Belgian site.
The €1.2bn Norther wind farm is being constructed 23km from the Belgian
port of Zeebruges, and is expected to be operational this year. It is owned
by Elicio, Eneco & Diamond Generating Europe, and is currently poised
to be the largest project off the Belgian coast. The 369.6 MW project is
anticipated to generate enough energy to power over 260,000 homes annually.
Turbine installation work is being completed by Van Oord's jack-up vessel
which underwent upgrades last year. These included the installation
sponsons, strengthening the deck, and adding enlarged spud cans and a new
accommodation module with a helideck. The 900t crane was replaced by a
1,600t Huisman leg encircling crane.
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