Siemens wins first offshore wind project in Belgium

Thursday, 5 January, 2017 - 11:00
42 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 units will supply clean energy at Rentel offshore project for approximately 300,000 Belgian households. (Photo: Siemens Wind Power)
42 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 units will supply clean energy at Rentel offshore project for approximately 300,000 Belgian households. (Photo: Siemens Wind Power)

Siemens has entered the offshore wind market in Belgium with a first order of direct drive wind turbines for the 309 MW Rentel wind project.

Siemens will supply, install, commission and service 42 wind turbines of the large direct drive platform. A long-term service agreement for a period of 17 years will provide customized offshore service and logistics solutions for the turbines, and includes Siemens’ data-driven advanced remote diagnostics and monitoring. The customer is Rentel NV, part of the Otary partnership, a conglomerate of specialists from the Belgian renewable energy industry including investment and development companies.

The Rentel offshore wind power plant is located about 40 kilometers off the Belgian North Sea coast. The 42 Siemens wind turbines will be installed on monopole foundations in water depths ranging from 22 to 36 meters. The first turbines are expected to deliver power to the Belgian grid by mid-2018, while the entire offshore project is planned to become fully operational by the end of 2018.

“We are pleased that Rentel NV has selected Siemens for our first project in the Belgian part of the North Sea,” said Michael Hannibal, Offshore CEO of Siemens Wind Power. “The advanced model of our proven direct drive offshore wind turbine platform and our advanced services will leverage the energy output of the Rentel offshore wind power plant and help to establish offshore wind power as a key pillar of a sustainable energy mix in various European countries.”      

Silke Funke / Siemens Wind Power

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