Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus installed the final wind turbine at the wind park, which will supply sustainable energy to 1.5 million people in the Netherlands. With a total capacity of 600 MW, the Gemini Offshore Wind Park in the Dutch part of the North Sea is one of the largest wind farms in the world.
Van Oord and Siemens were responsible for the installation of the wind turbines. “Installation of the turbines was seamless,” said Van Oord’s Gemini project director, Didi te Gussinklo Ohmann. “We were very pleased with the collaboration between all partners over the last year. We proudly reflect upon successful completion of a large and complex project that is contributing to the development and competitiveness of the offshore industry.”
“The installation of the 150th and last turbine in the wind park is a magnificent achievement,” said Gemini CEO Matthias Haag. “After the successful installation of the foundations, the offshore high voltage stations and 210 kilometres of export cables by Van Oord, also the turbine installation went according to plan. We are proud of everyone that contributed to the safe construction of Gemini.”
In addition to being a project shareholder, Van Oord is also the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. This encompasses supplying and installing the foundations, the entire electrical infrastructure, including the offshore and onshore high voltage stations, the cables, and the installation of the wind turbines. During the installation phase, much of Van Oord’s own equipment was used, including offshore installation vessel Aeolus and cable-laying vessel Nexus.
Four partners have joined forces to make the Gemini wind farm a reality: Canadian independent, sustainable energy company Northland Power (60% interest), wind turbine builder Siemens Wind Power (20%), Dutch marine contractor Van Oord (10%) and sustainable waste, raw materials and energy company HVC (10%).