Study completed into siting wind turbines near Belgian highways

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A special working group has finished a study on siting wind turbines near highways in Flanders. In the provinces of West and East Flanders and Antwerp, a list of 55 locations has been narrowed down to13 potential sites. Six of them, two in each province, are subject to more research. All the sites are on public land. Most of them are at car parks or major motorway fuel stations leased to private companies. The government has launched a public invitation for tenders to develop the sites. In West Flanders the plans include a maximum of two 1.5 MW turbines in Oostkamp, near Bruges, another in Rekkem (or two 600 kW turbines), a 1.5 MW unit at Kortrijk and a 600 kW unit at Oekene and at Menen. In eastern Flanders, one 1.5 MW and one 600 kW turbine are earmarked for Kalken and two 600 kW machines are being considered for Kruibeke. In Antwerp province, the study envisages a 600 kW turbine near Mechelen. Boom has been conceded a 1.5 MW installation, but most capacity will be located in the city of Antwerp, the provincial capital, with sites earmarked for three 1.5 MW turbines on two locations near the city ring road and two 1.5 MW units and two 600 kW machines in the harbour area. Brabant, Walshoutem, Haasrode and Groot-Bijgaarden can each provide sites for a single 600 kW turbine, while there is room for two in Strombeek-Bever. Groot-Bijgaarden and Strombeek-Bever both offer locations on the Brussels city ring road -- high profile sites. In Limburg the study sees potential for a 600 kW machine at Tessenderlo and a 1.5 MW turbine at Houthalen-Helchteren.

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