Zuhal Demir, Flemish Minister of Justice and Enforcement, Environment, Energy and Tourism, opened the construction site of the new Storm wind farm at the premises of the steel company ArcelorMittal in the Port of Ghent. Wind turbine manufacturer Storm is building the wind farm while ArcelorMittal will buy all the power during 20 years at a fixed price.
6 megawatts per turbine
Steel producer ArcelorMittal in the Ghent seaport resolutely focuses on the transition to carbon-neutral and green steel and invests in many projects in this area. One of these projects is the construction of three wind turbines. These wind turbines will be the largest in Belgium with a rotor diameter of 162 metres and a height of 230 metres. The annual production of wind energy would be more than 45,000 MWh, which corresponds to the annual consumption of 13,000 families. Each wind turbine has a capacity of 6 megawatts. On an annual basis, ArcelorMittal could avoid 11,250 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Not only the size and capacity of the wind turbines are remarkable, there is also no subsidy for the construction by the green certificate system. This is the first site in Belgium without any kind of subsidy. This is possible because ArcelorMittal will purchase all wind-generated electricity at a fixed rate for 20 years. The three wind turbines should be in place by the end of this year, with the start-up of the wind farm planned for next year.