The Belgian Offshore Platform brings together the most important partners who invest in renewable (wind) energy production in the Belgian North Sea. The BOP defends the interests of its members and works to secure the conditions that will allow the necessary development of offshore (wind) energy. The BOP informs and raises awareness amongst various stakeholders about the production of electricity via wind turbines at sea. The BOP maintains international contacts and shares experiences with overseas actors working in the same sector. The BOP implements studies and carries out research work about the generating of renewable energy at sea.
With 712 MW of capacity already generated by installed turbines, the Belgian offshore wind sector makes a significant and guaranteed contribution towards security of supply. With the realization of a further five wind parks, the total installed capacity of the wind turbines in the North Sea will increase to more than 2,200 MW. This will meet no less than 10 % of Belgium's total electricity requirements.
The experience gained during the realization of the first offshore wind parks in Belgium has made it possible for energy companies, maritime construction companies and numerous other sub-contractors and subsidiary suppliers to develop innovative techniques and export them abroad. This expertise has manifested itself in recent times through the securing of several prestigious international contracts to implement offshore wind energy projects.
Offshore wind energy is an indispensible element in the Belgian climate plan: without the large wind turbines off our North Sea coast, it will be impossible for Belgium to reach its European targets. By 2020, existing and future offshore wind parks must supply 50% of anticipated renewable energy production.