New wind farm proposed at North Sea

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31 May 2005, BRUSSELS - An energy consortium has unveiled plans for a new wind farm in western Flanders, it emerged on Tuesday.

31 May 2005

BRUSSELS - An energy consortium has unveiled plans for a new wind farm in western Flanders, it emerged on Tuesday.

Public Enterprise Minister Johan Vande Lanotte is examining the proposals which involve building a farm on a sandbank next to one already being built on the Thornton bank, off the popular resort of Knokke-Heist.

The farm would consist of 30 windturbines, each generating 5 megawatts of energy.

It could produce enough power for the needs of 300,000 families.

The new consortium behind the idea includes supermarket group Colruyt.

If the farm gets the green light, the turbines would go up in 2009 and 2010.

Lanotte claims the farm currently being constructed – 60 turbines 27km off the Flemish coastline – is proof that wind farms at a considerable distance from the shore can be profitable.

Plans for a wind farm closer to the shore met considerable opposition from nearby residents who argued their views would be spoilt.

Subject: Belgian news

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