January 14 (Renewables Now) - The first turbine at the 219-MW Northwester 2 offshore wind farm being built in Belgian waters has started exporting electricity to the country's power grid.
The first of 23 MHI Vestas turbines was brought live during the weekend, Belgian offshore wind developer Parkwind announced on Monday. The company owns 70% of the project, while the remaining 30% stake is held by Sumitomo Corp (TYO:8053) of Japan.
The wind farm, which will be equipped with MHI Vestas 164-9.5 MW turbines, is expected to be fully operational before this summer. Their output, expected to be around 800 GWh a year, will cover the power consumption of 230,000 households via transmission system operator Elia’s modular offshore grid. The electricity will be purchased by a unit of German energy group RWE AG (ETR:RWE) under a power purchase agreement (PPA) signed last February.
Parkwind is managing the wind farm’s construction and will also be responsible for its operation following completion.