New 6 MW turbines boost Thornton Bank capacity to 215 MW

The last of 30 new 6 MW turbines has been installed at the Thornton Bank wind farm off Belgium.

The work completes the second phase of the project: the first involved the installation of 5 MW turbines in 2009. The new more powerful turbines now give the wind farm a capacity of 215 MW.

A third phase is planned for next year when a further 18 of the 6 MW turbines will be fitted.

Thornton Bank is run by Germany’s Repower Systems and was built in conjunction with Belgian offshore development company C-Power.

It is around 28 kilometres off the Belgian coast in waters between 12 and 27 metres deep.

With companies from Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden involved in either the construction or financing of the wind farm, Thornton Bank is seen by some as a showcase project for the European offshore wind industry.

 Following the completion of its third building phase next year, it will have a total output of 325 MW.

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