Port areas are the locations of choice for the installation of large scale wind farms for both the Flemish Wind Power Association (VWEA) and the Flemish minister for Energy. The port of Antwerp already has two concrete projects.
The first two wind turbines appeared in 2004 in the northern part of the port area. These two turbines are part of a wind farm on the Right Bank which will have at least 38 wind turbines. The project should generate 90 megawatt electricity, sufficient to supply some 74,000 families. The extension of this wind farm will be accelerated in the period 2014-2020.
The Port Authority and the Company Left Scheldt Bank, together with private partner NV GEHA, will assure the development on the Left Bank through project development company Wind aan de Stroom. The wind farm could develop into the largest on shore wind farm in Belgium, as the level of ambition is at about 50 wind turbines (including those belonging to Katoennatie). The electricity generated should supply the annual requirements of 100,000 to 120,000 families. In the second half of 2014 Wind aan de Stroom will start constructing the first wind turbines.