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  • 24 October 2018
    Grid Connection, Ports & Logistics

    Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) has loaded the jacket foundation for Elia’s Offshore SwitchYard (OSY) platform onto a barge at the Vlissingen yard.

  • 3 February 2022
    Business & Finance

    Belgian materials technology and recycling group Umicore will buy electricity generated by 28 MW of offshore wind capacity at Engie’s offshore wind farm in the Belgian sector of the North Sea. Umicore informed on the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Engie on 3 February. Under the agreement, Engie will be providing Umicore […]

  • 7 October 2020
    Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    Cemre Shipyard has shared the video of the recent launching of DEME’s Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessel Groene Wind in Yalova, Turkey. Once delivered in 2021, the 60-metre Groene Wind will start a charter with Siemens Gamesa to service the Rentel and the SeaMade wind farms in the Belgian North Sea. The vessel, […]

  • 7 November 2018
    Grid Connection

    Belgian utility Elia has shared a video showing the installation of the jacket foundation for the Offshore Switchyard Platform (OSY) in the Belgian North Sea.

  • 4 January 2021
    Wind Farm Update

    Belgian offshore wind farms generated 6.7 TWh of electricity in 2020, which represented 8.4 per cent of total electricity consumption in Belgium, or the electricity consumption of around 1.9 million families. Eight offshore wind farms are currently operational in the Belgian North Sea, with a total installed capacity of almost 2.3 GW. This includes Northwester […]

  • 14 October 2020
    Wind Farm Update

    Thirty-nine out of 58 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW turbines have been installed at the SeaMade offshore wind project in Belgium. According to Aspiravi, one of the project owners, 36 of the Siemens Gamesa units are operational. DEME Group’s jack-up vessel Apollo installed the first turbine at the project site located some 50km off the coast in mid-June. The […]

  • 7 August 2020
    Wind Farm Update

    Sixteen out of 58 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW turbines have been installed at the SeaMade offshore wind project in Belgium. According to Otary CEO Mathias Verkest, the 9th turbine load-out is currently being prepared at the Port of Oostende. DEME’s Apollo installed the first turbine at the project site located some 50km off the coast in […]

  • 15 June 2023
    Contracts & Tenders, Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

    Ocean Winds (OW), a joint venture between EDP Renewables and Engie, has awarded UK-based Clarksons Port Service to provide support for the Moray West offshore wind project in Scotland. The contract marks a first for Clarksons Port Services in regards to working directly with the developers, according to the company. Under the contract signed with […]

  • 14 August 2020
    Wind Farm Update

    Haizea Wind has sent off the final two towers for the SeaMade offshore wind turbines from Bilbao. The Spain-based Haizea Wind is delivering 12 wind turbine towers for the project, which will feature 58 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW turbines. The first tower parts arrived from the port of Aviles in Spain to Belgium in mid-March, onboard […]

  • 21 September 2022
    Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders

    Belgium-based offshore wind developer Otary has revealed plans to submit a bid in the upcoming tender in the country. In preparation to participate in the tender, the company is now looking for value propositions in multiple project areas to boost its proposal. In October last year, Belgium’s Council of Ministers approved a proposal to increase […]

  • 25 October 2019

    ProCon Wind Energy has begun electrical outfitting works for the Yunlin offshore wind project in Taiwan. The Danish company secured a contract in August to carry out the outfitting of 40 E-modules/Internal cages for Smulders. ProCon said that the electrical outfitting takes place at Smulders’ site in Antwerp where it has just completed the pre-assembly work […]

  • 23 July 2019
    Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    DEME Group’s jack-up vessel Innovation is undergoing a major maintenance and repair program at the Damen Verolme yard in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. According to DEME, the program is almost completed and saw the installation of two new leg sections on the offshore installation vessel. After the extensive dry dock, Innovation will set sail to the SeaMade offshore […]

  • 5 May 2021
    Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    DEME’s first service operation vessel (SOV), Groene Wind, is currently undergoing sea trials in Turkey. Built by Cemre Shipyard, the 60-metre SOV has already been signed up for a multi-year contract with Siemens Gamesa. She will be deployed for the maintenance of the 487 MW SeaMade offshore wind farm in Belgium. Groene Wind features a […]

  • 5 April 2019
    Grid Connection

    The topside of Elia’s Offshore SwitchYard (OSY) platform has left Heerema Fabrication Group’s construction site in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands, and was loaded onto a barge. According to Elia, the topside left the construction site this morning, which represents the first step in the journey towards its final destination in the Belgian North Sea. The topside will […]

  • 26 July 2019
    Grid Connection

    Cable laying operations have begun on the Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) in Belgium, according to Elia’s latest report. The construction of the switchyard platform is now in its final phase, with commissioning scheduled for the end of September. The first cable to connect the MOG plug to the grid made landfall in early May, with […]

  • 2 April 2020

    We bring you the ten most-read articles on for the month of March 2020. Siemens Gamesa 11MW Turbine Prototype Goes Full Tilt Siemens Gamesa’s prototype SG 11.0-193 DD Flex wind turbine has produced 11MW of power, the turbine maker said. ABB Tech for Japanese Wind Turbine Installation Vessel ABB has won a contract to […]

  • 6 August 2018
    Operations & Maintenance

    Heerema Fabrication Group has conducted roll-up operations of the jacket foundation for the Offshore SwitchYard (OSY) platform, part of Elia’s Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) project.

  • 12 January 2021
    Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    Belgium’s Elia has selected NHV NV and GEOxyz BV to provide the transmission system operator with transport services between Ostend and offshore platforms in the North Sea. NHV NV will provide crew transfer services by a helicopter, including light luggage, between an onshore heliport in Ostend and offshore platforms situated some 40 kilometres offshore. GEOxyz […]

  • 3 June 2019
    Business & Finance

    The Limburg investment holding company Nuhma has launched a cooperative through which Belgian citizens and partnerships can now invest in offshore wind projects Nuhma is involved in. The first company in which the general public can invest via the ECO2050 cooperative is Z-Kracht. Z-Kracht, a division of Nuhma, holds shares in and has financed the operational […]

  • 7 December 2022
    Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    Chemical company Borealis and Eneco have signed a second ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply renewable electricity for Borealis production operations in Belgium. Eneco, which has an exclusive offtake agreement for the entire output generated at the 487 MW SeaMade offshore wind farm in the Belgian North Sea, will supply around 150 gigawatt-hours (GWh) […]

  • 31 August 2021
    Authorities, Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    Belgium’s Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Middle Classes, and Energy has issued a contract notice seeking theoretical geological studies for the Princess Elisabeth offshore wind zone. Interested parties have until 27 September to respond to this contract notice. Belgium’s first offshore wind zone was fully constructed with the commissioning of the Northwester II and the […]

  • 24 February 2020
    Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

    The consortium of ENGIE Fabricom, Smulders and DEME Offshore has loaded out the offshore substation destined for the Mermaid offshore wind project in Belgium.

  • 29 March 2019
    Grid Connection

    The topside of Elia’s OffshoreSwitchYard (OSY) platform is expected to be installed on its jacket foundation in the Belgian North Sea in mid-April, the Belgian energy company said. The OSY platform, constructed by Heerema Fabrication Group, is the centerpiece of Elia’s EUR 400 million Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) project through which Rentel, Northwester 2, and SeaMade offshore […]

  • 24 January 2020
    Business & Finance

    EDP Renewables and Engie have signed an agreement to create a co-controlled 50/50 joint-venture in fixed and floating offshore wind. The agreement follows the last year’s signing of a strategic Memorandum of Understanding to form a new entity as an exclusive vehicle of investment of EDPR and Engie for offshore wind opportunities worldwide. This alliance […]

  • 27 September 2019
    Grid Connection

    EDS HV Group has completed testing, jointing and termination work at Elia’s Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) in the Belgian North Sea. EDS worked to establish a connection between the MOG’s offshore submarine cables and the onshore cables at Elia’s Stevin 380kV onshore substation in Zeebrugge. Sub-contracted by cable manufacturer Hellenic Cables, EDS said it completed the preparation […]

  • 11 January 2019
    Wind Farm Update

    The 309MW Rentel wind farm in the Belgian North Sea has become Belgium’s fifth fully operational offshore wind farm. Rentel has now joined the ranks of C-Power, Belwind, Northwind, and Nobelwind. The combined capacity of the five wind farms is 1,186MW provided by 274 wind turbines. With the addition of the capacity from Rentel, Belgium is now fifth […]