Installation part of Thorton Bank offshore windfarm, off the coast of Belgium ---- Project will install total of 48 REpower 6M turbines ---- 6M most powerful offshore wind turbine built to date
Pune / Hamburg: Suzlon Group-subsidiary REpower Systems SE and Belgian offshore project development company C-Power NV completed installation of the first 6M – the world's most powerful offshore turbine – 28 kilometres off the port of Oostende.
The REpower 6M has rotor has a diameter of 126 metres, with a swept area greater than two football pitches.
The turbine, with a rated power of 6.15 megawatts (MW), is the first of 48 REpower 6M to be constructed in the phases two and three of the Belgian offshore wind farm Thornton Bank. The installation of the first 30 turbines is planned for 2012, and a further 18 are scheduled for installation during an extension stage by mid-2013.
Mr. Jaak Rutten, CEO – C-Power thanked the team for this outstanding engineering achievement and said: "C-Power is pleased that it could install the first REpower 6M as planned with the entire project being on track. GeoSea and REpower are doing an excellent job in constructing this second phase of our offshore wind farm. 2012 is our most important construction season – installing foundations, turbines, offshore transformer station and a second export cable – and it started off well."
Mr. Tulsi Tanti, Chairman – Suzlon Group, added: "We are very proud of this achievement. Offshore wind is one of the key growth markets in the years ahead, and this project demonstrates our Group's leadership in providing world-leading technology and solutions in this space."
The project, once completed, will have total installed capacity of over 325 MW from 44 turbines. REpower in 2008 delivered and installed six units of REpower 5M (5 MW) offshore turbines for the first construction phase of Thornton Bank. The offshore wind farm, located around 28 kilometres off the Belgian coast in waters between 12 and 27 meters deep, was officially put into operation at the end of June 2009. Since it started operation, Thornton Bank
C-Power the Belgian company set up to develop the offshore wind farm in the concession area on the
Thornton Bank in the North Sea and is owned by a group of four reputable Belgian shareholders: SRIW
Environnement, Socofe, Z-Kracht/Nuhma, DEME, and two European strategic partners RWE Innogy EDFEN
in a partnership with the Marguerite Fund. The completed wind farm will have a total capacity of 325
MW, enough to provide power to 600.000 inhabitants and to avoid 450.000 tons of carbon emissions per
annum to the environment. C-Power will thus contribute 10 per cent of the renewable energy capacity
needed for Belgium to meet its EU objective to reach 13 per cent renewable energy by 2020.
About Suzlon Group:
The Suzlon Group is ranked as the world's fifth largest* wind turbine supplier, in terms of cumulative
installed capacity, at the end of 2010. The company's global spread extends across Asia, Australia,
Europe, Africa and North and South America with over 18,000 MW of wind energy capacity installed in 28
countries, operations in 32 countries, a workforce of over 13,000. The Group offers one of the most
comprehensive product portfolios – ranging from sub-megawatt on-shore turbines at 600 Kilowatts (KW),
to the world's largest commercial 6.15 MW offshore turbine – built on a vertically integrated, low-cost,
manufacturing base. The Group – headquartered at Suzlon One Earth in Pune, India – comprises Suzlon
Energy Limited and its subsidiaries, including REpower Systems SE. Visit us at www.suzlon.com