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November 22, 2021

Thornton Bank, Belgium

By Carmen

Thornton Bank is a 325.2MW offshore wind power project. The project is located in North Sea, West Flanders, Belgium. The project is currently active. It has been developed in multiple phases. The project construction commenced in 2007 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in July 2009.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Offshore 325.2 325.2 Active West Flanders, Belgium C-Power

Description

The project was developed by C-Power. The project is currently owned by RWE with a stake of 26.73%, EDF Renewables with a stake of 9.16%, Marguerite Fund with a stake of 9.13%, DEME, Nutsbedrijven Houdstermaatschappij, Societe Regionale d’Investissement de Wallonie and SOCOFE.

The wind turbines in the Thornton Bank Phase I are installed on fixed foundations. An array of gravity foundations feature in the phase.

The wind turbines in the Thornton Bank Phase II are installed on fixed foundations. An array of jacket foundations feature in the phase.

The wind turbines in the Thornton Bank Phase III are installed on fixed foundations. An array of jacket foundations feature in the phase.

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The project generates 1,111,013MWh electricity and supplies enough clean energy to power 300,000 households, offsetting 415,000t of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) a year. The project cost is $1,700m.

Development Status

The project is currently active. The project construction commenced in 2007 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in July 2009.

Power Purchase Agreement

Eneco Energy Trade and Essent Sales Portfolio Management are the power offtakers from the project.

Contractors Involved

Thornton Bank (Thornton Bank Phase I) is equipped with Senvion 5M turbines. The phase consists of 6 turbines with 5MW nameplate capacity.

Thornton Bank (Thornton Bank Phase II) is equipped with Senvion 6.2M126 turbines. The phase consists of 30 turbines with 6.15MW nameplate capacity.

Thornton Bank (Thornton Bank Phase III) is equipped with Senvion 6.2M126 turbines. The phase consists of 18 turbines with 6.15MW nameplate capacity.

Senvion is the O&M contractor for the Thornton Bank (Thornton Bank Phase I), commencing from the year 2009.

Senvion is the O&M contractor for the Thornton Bank (Thornton Bank Phase II), commencing from the year 2012.

Senvion is the O&M contractor for the Thornton Bank (Thornton Bank Phase III), commencing from the year 2013.

About C-Power

C-Power NV (C-Power) operates as a wind energy company that manages and develops offshore wind farms. The company offers offshore transformer platform, wind turbines, foundations, export cable, jackets, cable landing offshore, injection at slijkens and grid connection. It operates projects such as project Phase 1 that consists of six 5M repower turbines in a single line; and project Phase 2-3 that consists of 48 6M repower turbines. C-Power operates offshore wind farms on the Thornton Bank in the North Sea. The company offers its services across Belgium. C-Power is headquartered in Oostende, Belgium.

Methodology

All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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