Monday 13th of January, 2020 –The first Northwester 2 offshore wind farm turbine started supplying electricity to the Belgian grid over the weekend.
The wind farm is expected to be fully operational before the summer and while construction works are still under way, the first turbine started producing green energy over the weekend. The 219 MW project comprises of 23 MHI Vestas 164-9.5 MW turbines – the most powerful turbines to enter commercial operation to date – supplying the equivalent of 230.000 households with green energy via Elia’s Modular Offshore Grid.
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 between our team, contractors, shareholders, authorities and the Belgian transmission grid operator Elia.”
Chris Peeters, CEO 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.”
About Northwester 2
Northwester 2 is a project company holding a 219MW concession in de Belgian territorial waters. Current shareholders are Parkwind (70%) and the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Corporation (30%). 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.
Group is active in electricity transmission. We ensure that production and consumption are balanced around the clock, supplying 30 million end users with electricity. With subsidiaries in Belgium (Elia Transmission Belgium – ‘Elia’) and north-west Germany (50Hertz), we operate 18,600 km of high-voltage connections. As such, our group is one of Europe‘s top 5. With a reliability level of 99.999%, we give society a robust power grid, which is important for socio-economic prosperity. We also aspire to be a catalyst for a successful energy transition towards a reliable, sustainable and affordable energy system. More information: www.eliagroup.eu
About Sumitomo Corporation
With its global network and based on trust from companies in various industries and from consumers, Sumitomo Corporation engages in multifaceted business activities by making the most of its Integrated Corporate Strength. These business activities include sales of a variety of products and services, import and export, trilateral trade, and domestic and international business investment. For more information, see www.sumitomocorp.com