All permits for the EUR 153 million, 30 MW first phase of the Thornton Bank offshore wind farm off the Belgium coast have been obtained and construction and financing contracts signed, reports the project's lead sponsor, C-Power. Site work on the 37 kilometre cable route to shore will start immediately and the six German Repower 5 MW wind turbines will be installed next summer with commissioning scheduled for September 2008. The project is described as a demonstration phase of the full Thornton Bank project which when complete will have an installed capacity of 300 MW and produce enough power for 600,000 people. It is to be built in three phases. French utility EDF is a part owner of the project through a 20.8% ownership stake in Belgian C-Power held by its renewable energy business, EDF Energies Nouvelles.