Filip Martens of Belgian firm C-Power says its EUR 500 million 60 turbine Thornton Bank offshore wind project is on track to get the first phase of six 5 MW units up during the good weather season of 2008. Contracts with all suppliers are expected to be signed by March. Located about 30 kilometres off the Belgian North Sea coast, Thornton Bank will eventually have a capacity of 216-300 MW. Germany's Repower is to supply the first turbines, but no decision has been made on the supplier for the remaining turbines, 18 of which will go up in phase two and the remaining 36 in phase three. C-Power has also been looking at machines from other suppliers, including GE, Vestas, Enercon and Nordex. The whole project is to be online in 2011.
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