Less than a year after the commencement of offshore work, the 219-MW Northwester 2 offshore windfarm is supplying the Belgian grid with green energy from all of its 23 fully operational wind turbines.
Northwester is the seventh windfarm to be completed in the Belgian sector of the North Sea and the first to use MHI vestas’ V164-9.5 MW turbines.
Completion of Northwester 2 means Belgian offshore wind capacity has risen to 1.776 GW and moved Belgium closer to reaching its goal of obtaining 10% of its energy demand from offshore wind by the end of 2020.
Parkwind project director Peter Caluwaerts said, “We started the offshore construction in July last year and we could not have imagined the circumstances under which we would be completing this project.
“Following powerful storms over the winter that caused temporary disruption, the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to deal with an unprecedented level of uncertainty.
“We managed to keep the project on track, thanks in part of excellent dialogue with the Belgian government and great collaboration with our contractors.
“All of operating procedures for the project were re-designed in order to be able to continue construction whilst ensuring the health and safety of all of the people involved.”
Now that Northwester 2 is completed, Parkwind’s focus shifts to exporting its offshore expertise. The Arcadis Ost 1 windfarm in Germany and Oriel project in Ireland are both in currently development and will add another 577 MW of capacity to the developer’s portfolio.
Parkwind said other opportunities in Europe, Asia and North America are also under review.