The first Northwester 2 offshore wind farm turbine started supplying electricity to the Belgian grid over the weekend of January 11-12, 2020. The wind farm is expected to be fully operational before the summer and while construction works are still under way, the first turbine has started producing green energy. The 219 MW project is comprised of 23 MHI Vestas 164-9.5 MW turbines – the most powerful turbines to enter commercial operation to date, according to the company.
Courtesy of Parkwind
Parkwind’s Project Director for Northwester 2, Peter Caluwaerts, states, “Starting up production of energy is a key milestone for the Northwester 2 project and is the result of thorough preparation and collaboration among our team, contractors, shareholders, authorities and the Belgian transmission grid operator Elia.”
Chris Peeters, Elia CEO, 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.”
Northwester 2 is a project company holding a 219MW concession in Belgian territorial waters. Current shareholders are Parkwind, with 70 percent, and Sumitomo Corporation, with 30 percent. Parkwind, a leading offshore wind company, has been in charge of the development and is managing construction and operational activities. The company is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and will operate from the Ostend harbor.