The 219 MW project is located in the Belgian North Sea, approximately 50 km off the shore of Ostend, Belgium, and is the first project to use the V164-9.5 MW turbines in commercial operation.
The installation started in December 2019. Following a good start, exceptionally adverse weather in the first months slowed the pace of progress. To accelerate operations, a second installation vessel, the Scylla, was brought in mid-March to operate in parallel with Jan De Nul’s Vole au vent.
“We are pleased to have completed installation at Northwester 2, particularly during this challenging time related to COVID-19,” says Flemming Ougaard, COO at MHI Vestas.
“The V164-9.5 MW turbines we have utilized at this project are built on proven technology and will reliably support this project for decades,” he adds.
Northwester 2 was installed on an expedited schedule, due to a highly collaborative approach being taken, supply chain readiness and the industrialization of offshore wind in Belgium. MHI Vestas also holds a 15-year service agreement at Northwester 2 to maintain the V164-9.5 MW turbines.