Ventilus


April 2019

Ventilus launched amid great media interest

After receiving the approval of the Flemish Government, the Ventilus project was officially announced, attracting plenty of interest. By communicating about Ventilus through the media, we hope to inform as many citizens and organisations as possible about the project and encourage them to take part in the public consultation, which is a chance for everyone to share their views on the proposals being put forward. 

Flemish Environment, Nature and Agriculture Minister Koen Van den Heuvel and Governor of West Flanders Carl Decaluwé also urge citizens and organisations to get involved in the public consultation. You can have your say on the Ventilus project as soon as the official consultation begins. The newsletter will keep you up to date on how the project is progressing, so make sure to sign up.

 

 

 January 2019

The Ventilus project will connect wind energy from the North Sea to a new electricity highway in West Flanders. Via connections to other grid projects, the Ventilus will constitute a strong electricity network enabling the transmission of renewable energy. This will enable us to take an important step towards a low-carbon society. The project is part of a broader network development plan scheduled for implementation between 2020 and 2030.

In the future, the North Sea will play a prominent role in the Belgian energy mix (generation, imports). Elia is implementing the Ventilus project to bring this 'marine energy' onshore to consumption centres. Completion of the Ventilus project will also connect new generating facilities in West Flanders to the power grid. This connection's interlinkage with the Stevin line means the project will also help to boost grid reliability in the region and in Belgium as a whole. Finally, the Ventilus will enable a second overseas connection with the UK.

Elia is very busy conducting preliminary studies for this project (looking into possible landfall sites, the most commonly used technology, etc.). As soon as these studies have been completed, a launch notice will be issued, kicking off a broad notification phase in which citizens, companies, local authorities and civil society organisations will be able to participate. Any comments and suggestions received will be taken on board, because Elia is intent on embracing an explicitly participative approach to this project.

A Spatial Implementation Plan with integrated environmental impact report (planMER) will be drawn up for the project with a view to securing approval for this project by the end of 2024 and having the infrastructure in place by the end of 2027. This will enable full use to be made in the next phase of the development of offshore wind energy.

The project

The Ventilus project will connect wind energy from the North Sea to a new electricity highway in West Flanders. Via connections to other grid projects, the Ventilus will constitute a strong electricity network enabling the transmission of renewable energy. This will enable us to take an important step towards a low-carbon society. The project is part of a broader network development plan scheduled for implementation between 2020 and 2030.

In the future, the North Sea will play a prominent role in the Belgian energy mix (generation, imports). Elia is implementing the Ventilus project to bring this 'marine energy' onshore to consumption centres. Completion of the Ventilus project will also connect new generating facilities in West Flanders to the power grid. This connection's interlinkage with the Stevin line means the project will also help to boost grid reliability in the region and in Belgium as a whole. Finally, the Ventilus will enable a second overseas connection with the UK.

Elia is very busy conducting preliminary studies for this project (looking into possible landfall sites, the most commonly used technology, etc.). As soon as these studies have been completed, a launch notice will be issued, kicking off a broad notification phase in which citizens, companies, local authorities and civil society organisations will be able to participate. Any comments and suggestions received will be taken on board, because Elia is intent on embracing an explicitly participative approach to this project.

A Spatial Implementation Plan with integrated environmental impact report (planMER) will be drawn up for the project with a view to securing approval for this project by the end of 2024 and having the infrastructure in place by the end of 2027. This will enable full use to be made in the next phase of the development of offshore wind energy.

For more information on the project, please visit www.ventilus.be