Belgium fourth offshore wind power country worldwide before Denmark and the Netherlands


With the installation of Northwester 2 in May Belgium reaches 1,775 MW installed capacity and outranks Denmark as 4th offshore wind energy producer worldwide.

The frontrunners are the United Kingdom with 10,428 MW, followed by Germany with 7,659 MW and by China with around 7,000 MW. Denmark followed with 1,703 MW until May 2020, but Belgium now reached 1,775 MW and becomes thus number 4 worldwide. In Europe, Belgium even ranks 3rd.

With its 1,775 MW production capacity, wind power in the Belgian North Sea provides the equivalent of the electricity consumption of 1.8 million homes. If you compare the national installed capacity to the number of inhabitants, Belgium comes third, after Denmark and the UK: Belgium has 0.156 kW offshore wind capacity per inhabitant, whereas the United Kingdom, the number one worldwide in absolute numbers, has 0.158 kW offshore wind capacity per inhabitant. With this ranking, Belgium is in the top 3 worldwide and in Europe in terms of installed capacity per inhabitant.

By end 2020, when the largest windfarm in the Belgian part of the North Sea, SeaMade, will be fully operational, Belgium will reach an installed capacity of 2,262 MW and an electricity production equivalent to the consumption of 2.2 million homes.

Global installed capacity per capita: biannual overview (June 2020)

  Inhabitants Offshore wind capacity Ranking kW / inhabitant Ranking
Country million MW
Belgian flag Belgium 11.4 1,774 4 0.156 3
United-Kingdom flag UK 66.0 10,428 1 0.158 2
Germany flag Germany 82.8 7,659 2 0.093 4
Netherlands flag Netherlands 17.1 1,126 6 0.066 5
Denmark flag Denmark 5.8 1,703 5 0.296 1
China flag China 1386.0 ~7,000 3 0.005 6