February 27 (Renewables Now) - The 370-MW Norther offshore wind farm in Belgium has delivered first power to the Belgian grid, project developer Norther NV said on Tuesday.
The first of 44 V164-8.4 MW turbines by MHI Vestas was installed by at the start of February and currently 12 units are in place. Four of the machines have been connected to the grid, with construction of the facility going according to schedule.
The wind park off the Zeebrugge coast is expected to become fully operational this summer. Its output will be sold to Eneco Holding NV and France’s Engie (EPA:ENGI), with each of them buying a 50% share of the production, which is seen to be enough to meet the demand of around 400,000 Belgian homes.
Norther is a project of Elicio NV, with a stake of 50%, Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp (TYO:8058), which holds 25% through Diamond Generating Europe, and Eneco Holding NV, also with 25%. Norther—a project led by shareholders Elicio, Eneco, and DGE (wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation)—will be fully operational this summer.