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Danish wind giant to supply 216 MW to offshore wind farm in Belgium

Vestas receives 216 MW order for Northwind Offshore wind farm

Northwind will provide a boost to Belgium’s offshore wind power

A Danish wind giant is to supply 216 MW for the development of an offshore wind farm in Belgium. Vestas has received the 216 MW order for the Northwind Offshore wind farm, which is planned for construction on the Bank Zonder Naam off the coast of Zeebrugge in Belgium.  

The order includes supply, installation and commissioning of 72 V112-3.0 MW wind turbines, along with a 15-year service and maintenance agreement. The project is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2014.

Northwind NV, owned by the Colruyt Group and Aspiravi Offshore, is headed by Frank Coenen, CEO, who was also involved in the successful construction of the Belwind Bligh Bank 1 Offshore Wind Farm, for which Vestas also supplied the turbines.

Coenen said he sees today’s new agreement with Vestas as a natural next step in the collaboration and partnership between the two companies.

He said: “We have had a very fruitful relationship with Vestas over the years and we fully recognise their experience in the field of offshore wind. I am therefore very pleased to now be taking our partnership to the next level by having a signed agreement in place with Vestas for the Northwind Offshore Wind Farm.

“I hope to be taking the many lessons learned from the Belwind Bligh Bank project and actively putting these to good use when constructing this new offshore wind farm together. I believe the V112-3.0 MW is a very competitive turbine, and I look forward to seeing it perform at Northwind.”

Juan Araluce, chief sales officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S, said: “Vestas is very proud to be chosen by Northwind for the 216 MW offshore project in Belgium. This is a very important milestone for Vestas, as we look to strengthen our position within offshore. We are truly committed to the development of offshore wind energy and we are extremely proud to receive another strong customer commitment to our V112 platform technology.”