Siemens turbines for Belgian offshore wind farm

Wednesday, 28 October, 2015 - 09:30

Rentel NV has chosen Siemens as its preferred bidder for the supply and installation of turbines for Rentel offshore wind farm. Siemens will deliver 42 turbines of its SWT 7.0-154 model, involving a 15-year maintenance agreement as well.

The 294 MW Rentel offshore wind farm is to be built at +/- 35 km off the Belgian coast. The project is set to complete its financing by summer 2016 for an amount of 1,250 million €, whereafter the construction period is clear for take-off. Prior to this year’s end, Rentel will finalize negotiations for the foundations, cable works and the high voltage platform. The Rentel offshore find farm is scheduled to become fully operational by end of 2018.

The final negotiations with Siemens include both the supply and installation works. Model of choice is the SWT 7.0-154 turbine with an installed capacity of 7 MW, the largest ever within the Belgian North Sea (hub height of 106 m and rotor diameter of 154 m).

Rentel offshore wind farm is necessary for complying with the Belgian 20-20-20 climate targets. Therefore, Belgian authorities are a crucial partner in the realization of this project, given that the need for a stable regulatory framework is a must for this type of long term infrastructure projects. The Rentel project will become the 4th complete Belgian offshore wind farm within the Belgian North Sea.

Katharina Garus

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