Borealis signs agreement to buy power from Seastar offshore wind farm

Austrian chemical group Borealis has signed a purchase agreement with energy company Eneco for renewable electricity produced by the Seastar offshore wind farm. The two companies reported this in a press release on Wednesday. Seastar is part of the SeaMade complex, the largest wind farm in the Belgian North Sea.

This is the second 10-year power purchase agreement between the two companies to supply renewable electricity for Borealis' operations in Belgium. Eneco, which has an exclusive contract to purchase the entire output of the SeaMade offshore wind farm, will supply around 150 gigawatt hours (GWh) annually to Borealis for ten years, starting in 2024. The chemical giant aims to use 100 per cent renewable electricity for its polyolefins and hydrocarbons divisions by 2030.

SeaMade has a total operational capacity of 487 megawatts (MW). It has two offshore concessions, taken into use in late 2020: Seastar (252 MW) and Mermaid (235 MW). The park's 58 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 8,4 MW, are located about 45 kilometres from the Flemish coastal city of Ostend. Together, Seastar and Mermaid can power the equivalent of about 500.000 Belgian households.

Borealis has three production sites in Flanders: Kallo, Zwijndrecht and Beringen, and a shared service centre in Mechelen, with a total of about 1.200 employees.




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