Belgium is planning on doubling its offshore wind capacity by 2020 according to Secretary of State for the North Sea Philippe De Backer.
De Backer said : “They are further away in the sea, roughly 35 to 40 km, and they are not damaging the visibility of people from the coastline.”
The new turbines are purposed to come to the left of the existing ones in Belgian’s North Sea, and extend to the French border.
In December last year the Belgian federal government reached an agreement in principle with the developers of three offshore wind farms for subsidy support. The agreement paves the way for the development of projects such as Northwester 2, Mermaid and Seastar, which are to be built between 2018 and 2010.
The Belgium Minister of Energy, Marie Christine Marghem, negotiated a price of € 79 MWh for the three projects.