Belwind Receives Building Permits

Evelop Belgium, part of Econcern, has received building and operating permits for a 330-megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm from the Belgian government. The Belwind project at Bligh Bank, 46 kilometers off the coast of Zeebrugge, will be the farthest offshore wind development to date.

Evelop has a grid connection offer and expects additional permits in April. The final investment decision will be taken in mid-2008 when the building will start, with electricity production scheduled for the beginning of 2010.

The 35 km/squared wind farm, which will be sited in 20-35 meters of water, is expected to cost more than  EUR 850 million [US $1.25 billion] and deliver 1.2 terawatt/hours annually.

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