Belgian Coast News

Tekmar Cable Protection System on the back of a Jan De Nul Group vessel installing an offshore wind project. (Photo: Tekmar)

Tekmar Selected for Northwester 2

Tekmar Group company AgileTek Engineering also supported the project using its proprietary AEL cloud system, providing verification of the cable protection system design via global analysis of the cables and CPS on the project.Northwester 2 will be the sixth wind farm in the North Sea off the Belgian coast, consisting of 23 turbines and will provide a total of 219 MW from its location off the coast of Zeebrugge, in water depth of approximately 40m. The project is set for completion in 2020.Stan Logghe, Senior Project Manager at Jan De Nul Group said, “Cable protection systems are vital for

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Siemens Gamesa Firms Belgian Offshore Wind Project

through economies of scale. We look forward to the next steps in the project, helping meet the Belgian government’s 2020 climate objectives,” says Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.The 252 MW SeaMade Seastar site is located 40 km off the Belgian coast, and features water depths up to 38 meters. The 30 SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines will be installed on monopiles, and supply approximately 260,000 Belgian households with electricity.The 235 MW SeaMade Mermaid site is located approximately 54 km off the Belgian coast, and features water

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Nexans Wins Cable Contract for Northwester 2 Wind Farm

, Belgium.The French based company has been awarded a contract from Northwester 2 developer Parkwind to design, manufacture and test the submarine power export cable for the offshore wind farm.The Northwester 2 wind farm comprises 23 turbines. It will be the seventh wind farm to be constructed off the Belgian coast and the first worldwide to feature the record-setting 9.5 MW V164 turbine manufactured by MHI Vestas. Northwester 2 is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2020.Nexans’ export cable will bring the renewable power from Northwester 2 wind farm to the Elia-owned Offshore Switch

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The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29

A wreck-diving archaeologist and his quest to discover a missing submarineYou get an idea before you even walk in his door that Tomas Termote’s life is bound up with the sea, or at any rate what lies beneath it. Outside his house in Ostend, on the Belgian coast, stands the biggest anchor you’ve ever seen—over 16 feet high, weighing five tons. It was hand-forged for an old British man-of-war, and a trawler hauled it up from the seabed of the English Channel, a stone’s throw from here.Out in the backyard, there’s a creepy-looking mine from the First World War, about a foot

A German U-boat (Photo: Library of Congress, Bain Collection)

Wreck of WWI German U-boat Sub Found off Belgium

The well-preserved wreck of a World War One German submarine, possibly still containing the bodies of its 23 crew members, has been found off the Belgian coast.   The use of submarines, often referred to as U-boats, in World War One to disrupt British trade routes in the English Channel and the North Sea was a key part of German tactics.   The 93 German U-boats stationed in Belgian ports downed more than 2,500 ships but were also a target themselves, with 70 of them lost at sea, killing 1,200 sailors.   It was not yet clear which of the 11 known wrecks of the German submarines had

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Prysmian Secures Rentel Wind Farm Work

, who have joined forces to develop, finance and operate the Rentel offshore wind project, which holds a 309 MW offshore wind concession in the Belgian North Sea.    The Rentel wind farm is located approximately 34 km from the Port of Zeebrugge and approximately 40 km from Oostende off the Belgian coast. It will consist of 42 Siemens D7 type wind turbines and will produce nearly 309 MW at its peak, supplying CO2 friendly electricity to 285,000 households. The project will become the fifth offshore wind farm to be constructed within the Belgian North Sea, and shall contribute to Belgium&rsquo

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Offshore Tests Prove Thunderstorm Detector’s Efficiency

particularly effective device for offshore operations as confirmed by the results of a North Sea application, the developer said.   Biral supplied the BTD-300 to Cofely Fabricom – GDF Suez to install the system on a substation for the C-Power Thorntonbank wind farm 33 kilometers off the Belgian Coast. Due to the location of the windfarm, it is considered an extremely challenging and potentially dangerous place to live and work because of its exposure to prevailing weather conditions.   The installation of the BTD-300 on the C-Power substation was used to evaluate its ability to provide

Thornton Bank wind farm: Photo credit ABB

ABB Commissions North Sea Wind Energy Link

ABB commissions Thornton Bank wind farm connection in the North Sea which will see 325 megawatts of clean wind energy integrated into the Belgian grid. The project was completed ahead of schedule. The Thornton Bank wind farm was inaugurated by the Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, adding more than 1,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity generation capacity per year to the Belgian grid. This is the equivalent to the annual power consumption of about 300,000 households in Belgium. The wind farm will contribute approximately 7 percent of Belgium’s targeted renewable energy commitment

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Northwind NV To Build Wind Farm off Belgian Coast

Northwind NV received statements of compliance for site assessment and site specific design assessment from GL Renewables Certification (GL RC). The Northwind Offshore Wind Farm will be located on the Bank Zonder Naam (Lodewijkbank) off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium. Construction of the wind farm, which includes 72 Vestas V112 turbines, begins this year, with completion scheduled for 2014. The statements of compliance were presented to Frank Coenen, CEO of project developer Northwind NV, at the Offshore Wind Power USA conference in Boston. Within an assessment of site design conditions, the

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