Repower completes turbine installation at Thornton Bank II wind farm off Belgium
Jul 27, 2012 - German wind turbine maker Repower Systems SE, a unit of Indian Suzlon Energy Ltd (BOM:532667), today said it had installed all 30 turbines for the second phase of the 325-MW Thornton Bank wind project off the Belgian coast.
Including the first phase, the project now has a total installed capacity of 215 MW. The wind farm is being developed by Belgian company C-Power, whose shareholders include RWE Innogy, the renewable energy arm of German utility RWE (ETR:RWE), and EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), part of French utility EDF (EPA:EDF).
The second phase uses REpower 6M turbines, which have a rated output of 6.15 MW. The turbine maker said this was the first wind farm in the world with offshore turbines of the 6 MW class.
The first phase of the project, featuring six REpower 5M turbines, was commissioned in 2009. Construction of the third phase, which will consist of 18 REpower 6M machines, will start next year. When fully completed, the Thornton Bank project will generate enough power for 600,000 people.