Senvion delivers tallest onshore wind turbine type to Belgium

Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, the world’s fifth-largest wind turbine manufacturer, has concluded a contract with Storm on the construction of the foundations and the delivery and installation of three Senvion 3.2M114 wind turbines in Belgium.

The wind turbines, each with a hub height of 143 metres, are intended for Meer wind farm located in the province of Antwerp in the northern part of Belgium.

With a total height of 200 metres, the Senvion 3.2M114 is the tallest wind turbine ever constructed in the country. With a rated power of 3,2 megawatts (MW), each Senvion 3.2M114 can supply around 2,100 households with electricity.

The delivery and the installation are planned for spring 2015, the commissioning of Meer wind farm is scheduled for summer 2015. Additionally, Senvion has signed a 15-year full service contract for the maintenance of the wind farm. Meer wind farm is the fourth contract for Senvion with Storm. The wind farms Westerlo with two Senvion MM92 turbines, Maasmechelen and Geel with respectively two and three Senvion MM100 turbines are now operational in the provinces of Antwerp and Limburg.

Olivier Perot, Managing Director of Senvion South West Europe, says: “We are pleased Storm is further extending the partnership with Senvion for the tallest wind turbine ever installed in Belgium. This contract highlights the reliability of our turbines and the quality of our service. We are proud that our company is also contributing to jobs and support for the wind sector in Belgium.” Senvion created a service centre in Houthalen-Helchteren in 2014 where six service technicians are currently employed to better serve the Belgian wind farms.

Filip Leonard, the Project Manager of Storm overseeing the plant in Meer for Storm, adds: “Storm is very proud to pioneer this type of wind turbine in Belgium. With every new project we try to stay ahead of the Belgian wind energy industry. We are looking forward to realizing yet another successful project together with Senvion.”

Senvion has installed a total capacity over 550 megawatts of onshore and offshore wind capacity in Belgium which represents nearly 30% of cumulative market share. In 2014, Senvion installed more than 50 MW in Belgium.