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BELGIUM
Major Wind Farm Makes Progress.

The Dutch specialist marine contractor, Van Oord, is actively progressing
the works on the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction
of the first part of the Belwind offshore wind farm project.

The wind farm is being constructed on the Blight Bank, 46 km off the
coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium where the sea depth is between 15 and 37 m.

The developer and client is Belwind nv - founded by a number of Dutch
and Belgian investment companies. The contract value amounts to
some Euro 280 million and is one of the largest current projects f
or Van Oord.

The project is scheduled for completion in November 2010.
As offshore wind farms go, the Belwin is unique in being
the furthest out to sea and in the deepest water.

Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord said:

‘Since 2002 Van Oord has been involved in building
offshore wind farms in North West Europe.

This is Van Oord's second EPC (Engineering,
Procurement and Construction) contract. Earlier we
completed the Princess Amalia wind farm project off the coast of IJmuiden,
the Netherlands. Our knowledge and experience is concentrated in our
Offshore Wind Projects business unit .”

The activities involve the construction of the foundations and
erection of 55 wind turbines, all infield subsea cables in between
the wind farms, the subsea export cable, a 165 MegaWatt offshore
high voltage station and placement of 55 turbines.

By 2011 the first phase of the Belwind project will annually
provide 165,000 families with environment-friendly power.

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