C-Power's 148MW second phase of the Thornton Bank offshore wind farm, in Belgian waters, is now fully commissioned. A quarter of the turbines earmarked for Thornton Bank 3 are installed and generating electricity.
"Construction of Thornton Bank wind farm is on schedule and is matching up to our expectations. This project shows that - when the conditions are right and long-term planning is possible - offshore wind energy can work on an industrial scale," said Hans Bünting, chief executive of RWE Innogy.The company is a member of the C-Power consortium, which owns the three Thornton Bank concessions. Other shareholders include EDF Energies Nouvelles and Deme Group.
The first phase of Thornton Bank comprises six 5MW REpower turbines, operational since 2009. They have produced more than 450,000MWh of electricity thus far, says RWE. The now-completed second phase boasts 24 machines, also manufactured by REpower, with a rated capacity of 6.15MW.
A further 24 turbines of the same model – six of which are already installed and grid-connected – will make up the third and final phase. Completion is scheduled for this summer, when the combined capacity of the Thornton Bank projects will total about 325MW.