Despite a coastline measuring only 65km, Belgium stands among the frontrunners in offshore wind, with the first phase of C-Power’s 325MW Thornton Bank offshore wind farm (30MW Thornton Bank 1 ) commissioned in 2009. Now with 2,262MW online in the North Sea, Belgium is number four in Europe behind the UK, Germany and the Netherlands for offshore capacity.
Belgium has become an offshore wind power, in part, by ensuring all involved parties are on board early on in the planning process. From environmental groups to the navy and the shipping industry,
“what Belgium has been quite good at is collaborating with the different stakeholders offshore — making sure they all talk to each other — and identifying the zones where you can build”,
says Ivan Komusanac, an analyst for markets and technology at WindEurope.
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