Van Oord has completed the installation of the 150th foundation at the Gemini Wind Park in a record time of 3.5 months. On 1 July 2015 Van Oord’s own installation vessel Aeolus, together with Swire Blue Oceans Pacific Osprey, started installation and the last foundation was installed on 17 October. The installation of the foundations was completed one month earlier than scheduled.
On 1 February 2016 both vessels will return to the project, completely modified for the installation of the 150 wind turbines. They will sail from Esbjerg in Denmark, where the wind turbines are produced and stored at Siemens, directly to the Gemini Wind Park.
Gemini Wind Park
The Gemini offshore wind park in the Dutch North Sea is to be one of the world’s largest wind farms, both in terms of size as well as production. With a total 600 megawatt capacity, Gemini will also be one of the most productive wind farms in the world.
Gemini is being built on two locations close to each other, hence the name Gemini (=twins). The official names of the locations are Buitengaats and Zee-energie.
Gemini Wind Park in figures
- 600 megawatt production capacity
- 2.6 terawatt/hour electricity generated per year
- € 2.8 billion project financing (loan capital and equity) pooled in record time
- 6 months to Financial Close – an unprecedented timescale for a project of this size
- 36 kilometres per hour – the average wind speed in the area
- 85 kilometres from the Groningen coast
- 68 square kilometres of wind farm in the North Sea
- 28-36 metre water depth at the site of the wind farm
Cable-laying vessel Nexus and offshore installation vessel Aeolus
Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus at Gemini Wind Park
Source: Van Oord