EDF Energies Nouvelles said it has begun first phase construction of one of Europe’s largest offshore wind farms in Zeebrugge, Belgium, in conjunction with its Belgian C-Power consortium partners.
In a statement, the energy group said the first future wind farm is likely to have 60 wind turbines with a maximum capacity of 300 MW. The wind farm is expected to supply about 1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, about one third of Belgium?EUR(TM)s renewable energy target in 2010.
The project will be built under three turn-key contracts:
– REpower, a turbine manufacturer, will supply the wind turbines and perform the operations and maintenance services,
– Dredging International, the Vinci group?EUR(TM)s maritime construction subsidiary, will build the foundations,
– the Dredging and Fabricom GTI consortium will supply and install the electrical equipment.
This project is owned by a group of companies, working together under the C-Power Belgian consortium in which EDF Energies Nouvelles has a 20.8% shareholding.
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