Belwind is located 46 km off the coast of Zeebrugge on the Bligh Bank. It is powered by 55 Vestas V90 turbines (3MW). The project was developed in 3.5 years. Construction started in July 2009 and was fully operational within 15 months (December 2010). Detailed information on this project can be found on:

Jan-Peter Elffers participated (2007) in the team that developed Belwind from scratch until bank launch (2008). Michael van der Heijden was part of the team that successfully financed this project. Financial Close occurred in July 2009, at the height of the financial crisis, and was the first offshore wind project co-financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Key technical parameters:

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  • Operational:
  • 55 Vestas V90 turbines, 3 MW
  • 165 MW
  • 15-37 m
  • 46 km
  • 72 m
  • 90 m
  • 550 GWh
  • 175.000 households
  • 270.000 Tons p.a.
  • December 2010