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Van Oord installs first Belwind turbine

The first turbine has been successfully installed on the Belwind Phase 1 Offshore Windfarm project, off the coast of Belgium. The installation platform JB114 departed from Zeebrugge to one of the most difficult locations on site for the installation of the first V90 Vestas turbine.

The Belwind Phase 1 Offshore Windfarm will contain 55 turbines, each capable of producing a maximum expected power output of 3 MW. The turbine is equipped with three blades with a length of 45 meters each. The blades will be mounted to the nacelle located on top of the tower with a height of approximately 73m from sea level. Completion of the installation of 55 turbines is expected at the end of September 2010, according to programme. 

Belwind is Van Oord's second EPC contract for Offshore Wind Projects. As EPC contractor Van Oord is responsible for engineering, procurement and construction. Earlier Van Oord completed the Princess Amalia wind farm project off the coast of IJmuiden, the Netherlands. Van Oord's knowledge and experience is concentrated in its business unit Offshore Wind Projects (OWP). The construction of the large Belwind project confirms the leading role of Van Oord as EPC contractor in North West Europe.

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