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 an estimated 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.”