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100 MW offshore plant approved for North Sea off coast of Belgium
1 April 2002
Belgian electricity producer Electrabel and building company Jan De Nul have gained approval, subject to an environmental report, to build an offshore wind plant in the North Sea. Secretary of State for Energy and Sustainable Development Olivier Deleuze issued a second licence to build the plant, situated about 12 kilometres off the coast of Knokke-Heist, the most northeastern Flemish shoreside community. The companies, under a common name of Seanergy, have been given a 20-year licence and plan to install 50 Vestas turbines at the site with a combined capacity of 100 MW. This will guarantee an annual production of 300 million kWh. But before the project can begin construction, federal environment minister Magda Aelvoet has to agree to the project. An environmental impact study must be carried ou before any final decision is made.
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