Work has started on the retrofit and expansion of the Lommel Kristalpark wind farm. Eight of the existing thirteen wind turbines of the Lommel wind farm will be replaced by six new, higher performance ones. Thanks to this retrofit, the six new Aspiravi wind turbines will produce up to 75% more green energy than the eight existing ones. In addition, Lommel win(d)t will add a further six wind turbines to the wind farm.
The preparatory earthworks are currently in the final phase. The platform cranes of the eight wind turbines to be dismantled and the twelve new turbines to be built will be constructed and the necessary access roads will be provided. Meanwhile, the foundation works for three new wind turbines have started and the cable works are in full swing. A dozen drillings have already been carried out and several kilometres of cable laid.
The dismantling of the eight wind turbines which will be replaced can then begin in the second half of October. The actual construction of the twelve wind turbines (six retrofit + six expansion) is planned between June and October next year. As a result, this project will represent the largest wind farm in Flanders to be built in a single phase.
The Lommel Kristalpark wind farm will then have seventeen wind turbines in total, which will generate enough green energy to cover the average annual consumption of as many as 32,400 households.