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India energy group completes 325MW Belgium offshore wind farm with 6MW wind turbines

Suzlon Group installs world’s largest wind turbines for C-Power’s Thornton Bank offshore wind farm

Repower Systems of Suzlon has completed wind turbine installations for the Thornton Bank offshore wind farm to boost Belgium wind power

The subsidiary of an India wind power leader has completed installation of a 325MW Belgian offshore wind farm which has the world's largest wind turbines. Suzlon Group subsidiary, Repower Systems SE, has installed the last of 48 total REpower 6M wind turbines in the Belgian offshore wind farm Thornton Bank. The wind machine is the world's largest commercial offshore wind turbine to date.

The wind energy news follows the company delivering its 6MW wind turbines for one of the world's biggest offshore wind projects, the 332MW Innogy Nordsee 1 wind farm, in the German North Sea, in September 2012.

Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems SE, said: "We are very proud to have installed the largest fleet of 6MW wind turbines worldwide. Thornton Bank confirms the long-term potential of the market. We offer our customers the best technology combined with industry leading experience in building projects in complex and challenging environments."

The customer for the project is the Belgian offshore project development company C-Power, which was set up by four Belgian investors and counts Repower customers RWE Innogy and EDF EN amongst its shareholders.

Showcase wind power project

After completion of all three construction phases, the wind farm has a total output of 325MW– enough to supply 600,000 people or a city the size of Glasgow with electricity. In terms of investment volume, the contract marks the largest financing for a completed project to date in the offshore wind industry. Companies from Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden are involved in Thornton Bank, which makes the wind farm a showcase project for the European offshore wind industry, Suzlon said.

The 2013 construction phase covered 18 REpower 6M turbines. REpower said it completed Phase III successfully and on time, underscoring the company's well-developed logistics concept and the good cooperation between the teams during the installation of the offshore wind turbines. ABB and THV Seawind, a consortium between DEME and Fabricom, were among the installation partners.