The export cable for the Rentel offshore wind farm has made landfall in Zeebruges, Belgium. The cable, with a length of 40km, will be installed within a dredged trench on the seabed by a cable laying vessel. A cable laying barge will take over in the shallow waters 6km from shore and bring the cable ashore to Zeebruges. The installation of the last 450m of cable on the beach will be done by means of mobile cranes. Dredgers will fill the trench, thus burying the cable in the seabed. As from 1 km before the coast, a mechanical trenching machine on caterpillars will carry out these works. With the landfall of this export cable, Rentel will be the first wind farm connected to the new high voltage station in Zeebruges. The wind farm is located approximately 40km north of Oostende, and will have an installed capacity of 309MW. An operations and maintenance centre is in the process of being constructed in the Port of Oostende to serve as a base during the construction and operation of the project. From the Port of Oostende the different components of the wind turbines: blades, nacelles and tower elements will be pre-assembled and prepared. They will then be loaded aboard the selected installation vessel for installation offshore. First power is expected to be generated mid-2018 and the array is expected to meet the energy demands of 288,000 households annually. The eight shareholders behind the project reached financial close in October 2016. For more information please follow the links provided. Alternatively click here to view the project on our interactive map.