Yesterday, MHI Vestas and Parkwind confirmed the order for the delivery and installation of 23 Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines for the 219 MW Belgian Northwester 2 offshore wind farm. It is the world’s first offshore wind farm to be featuring the V164-9.5 MW turbine. Turbine installation work is scheduled to begin in late 2019. The contract also includes a 15-year service agreement.
Northwester 2, to be built 50 km off the coast of Ostend, is a project by Northwester 2 SA. Parkwind is the current shareholder (70%), together with Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Corporation (30%). Financial close was reached early October. Construction works will start in the spring of 2019. Jan de Nul is the EPCI contractor. Danish Bladt Industries will provide the the monopile and transition pieces for the turbines and the offshore Offshore High Voltage Station. It will also design and build the substation. The inter array cables will be provided by NSW and the export cable by Nexans.
The wind farm is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020. Once operational, it could provide around 220.000 households with clean energy. Parkwind estimates that more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase of Belgium’s sixth offshore wind farm, and 100 long-term jobs for operations and maintenance. (Photo MHI Vestas)