Van Oord completes installation of wind turbines at Gemini Offshore Wind Park

24 August 2016 (Last Updated August 24th, 2016 18:30)

Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus has installed the final turbine at the Gemini Offshore Wind Park.

Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus has installed the final turbine at the Gemini Offshore Wind Park.

A total of 150 turbines have been completed, which will contribute towards a goal of supplying sustainable energy to 1.5 million people in the Netherlands.

Van Oord’s Gemini project director Didi te Gussinklo Ohmann said: "Installation of the turbines was seamless.

"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."

"Gemini Offshore Wind Park in the Dutch part of the North Sea is one of the largest windfarms in the world in terms of size and production."

Gemini's CEO Matthias Haag said: "The installation of the 150th and last turbine in the wind park is a magnificent achievement.

"After the successful installation of the foundations, the offshore high-voltage stations, and 210km of export cables by Van Oord, the turbine installation also went according to plan. We are proud of everyone that contributed to the safe construction of Gemini."

Besides being a project shareholder, Van Oord is also the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. Under this contract, the company is responsible for supplying and installing foundations and the complete electrical infrastructure, which includes the offshore and onshore high-voltage stations, and cables.

Van Oord used its offshore installation vessel Aeolus and cable-laying vessel Nexus for construction.

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 windfarms in the world in terms of size and production.

This project involves Canadian energy company Northland Power with a 60% interest, wind turbine builder Siemens Wind Power with a 20% stake, Dutch marine contractor Van Oord with a 10% interest, and HVC with a 10% stake.