05 January 2022

Federal government gives green light to the energy island

On Thursday 23 December, Belgian electricity transmission system operator Elia welcomed the federal Council of Minister's approval – further to a proposal made by the Ministers for Energy and the North Sea – of the planned extension of the modular offshore network to include the future Princess Elisabeth zone.

This decision aligns our energy system with future developments by confirming the energy island as the solution that is not only most appropriate but also most conducive to integrating the offshore wind energy generated in the future zone and continuing efforts to ensure Belgium's interconnectedness with other countries. Thanks to this decision, efforts can continue to develop the project while respecting the schedule based on climate goals. The artificial energy island is the first step in developing an integrated offshore grid at European level and further underlines our country's status as a pioneer in offshore electricity.

Marleen Vanhecke
Head of Communication & Reputation Elia Group
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