Wind4Flanders commissions the biggest wind turbines on an industrial site

On Thursday October 20, Wind4Flanders commissioned four new wind turbines at the Umicore and Aurubis Belgium sites in Olen. At 200 metres high, they are the biggest wind turbines on an industrial site in Belgium.

ENGIE Electrabel windpark Umicore Aurubis parc éolien jbcIn a ceremony attended by Flemish Energy Minister Bart Tommelein, Wind4Flanders commissioned four new wind turbines at the Umicore and Aurubis Belgium sites in Olen. Each wind turbine has a power of 3.5 MW, which combined gives the wind farm a total capacity of 14 MW.

The size of the four wind turbines is perhaps the most striking thing about them. At 200 metres high, they are the biggest wind turbines to be built on an industrial site in Belgium.

Umicore and Aurubis Belgium will put all electricity generated by the wind turbines to use locally. The power generated by the wind turbines covers an eighth of their electricity consumption.

Following the official ceremony, no less than 600 Olen residents and Umicore and Aurubis Belgium employees visited the wind farm.

The Olen wind farm is the work of Wind4Flanders, the public-private partnership between ENGIE Electrabel, the financing associations FIGGA, FINGEM, FINILEK and IKA, and the Brussels Intermunicipal Electricity Company (IBE).

Shareholder residents

The cooperative Electrabel CoGreen is offering the residents of Olen, Herentals, Morkhoven, Noorderwijk and Geel the opportunity to invest in the new wind farm, in which they can acquire a maximum of 20 shares with a value of €125. N.B.: Electrabel CoGreen aims to achieve an annual return of 3.5%. Residents have until October 31 to sign up on the Electrabel CoGreen website.

The Olen wind farm in figures

  • 4 wind turbines
  • 200 metres high
  • 3.5 MW of individual power
  • 14 MW of total power
  • 28 million kWh generated annually
  • 768 fewer tonnes of CO2 emitted each year
  • € 20 million in investment

In images

Preparatory work on the wind farm began at Umicore and Aurubis Belgium in early February; everything was complete by September. Relive the project through this time-lapse video.

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