New wind farm produces electricity for 400.000 families
The construction of the largest wind farm (Norther) in the North Sea finally began yesterday. The concession was applied for some ten years ago. Norther has 44 wind turbines and will supply electricity to 400.000 households.
23 km of cable
The real wind turbines will not be put in place until February or March of next year. Yesterday, the foundations were laid for Norther. All the wind turbines will be connected to each other by cables, which will come together in a kind of electricity connection hub. From there, a 23 km long cable runs to the Belgian coast in Zeebrugge.
1,2 billion euro investment
The 44 wind turbines will produce electricity as from September or October of next year for 400.000 Belgian households. In total, this 44 square km park will absorb no less than 75.000 tonnes of steel, as much as 10 Eiffel Towers. The underwater cables are 100 km long. The cost price is noteworthy: a budget of 1,2 billion euro has been set aside for the development, construction and realization of this wind farm.
Equivalent of two nuclear power plants
Norther is owned by three companies that focus on renewable energy: the Belgian company Elicio, the Dutch company Eneco and the Japanese company Diamond Generating Europe. It is just one of the parks realized in the North Sea, which will produce a total of 2.200 megawatts or as much as two nuclear power plants.