Team Van Oord’s Dutch partner, Van Oord, has successfully fulfilled its role as main contractor for the world’s second-largest wind farm.
With its 150 4-megawatt wind turbines, Gemini Offshore Wind Park is by far the largest offshore wind farm ever built in the Netherlands. The official opening was held in Eemshaven, the Netherlands. Once the home of the project offices, Eemshaven is now the home of the Onshore High Voltage Station.
As the EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) contractor for the Gemini project, Van Oord designed and built all of the foundations, two Offshore High Voltage Stations, one Onshore High Voltage Station, two lines of 100-kilometre-long Offshore HV-cables, and 150 inter-array cables.
Van Oord deployed a wide range of vessels while working on the project, including two of the latest additions to its fleet, the offshore installation vessel Aeolus and cable-laying vessel Nexus.
The construction work went smoothly and the project was completed within budget and deadline. At the height of the construction programme 500 employees were working on the project.
In addition to being the main contractor, Van Oord is also a shareholder, owning a 10% equity stake in the project.
The Gemini Park will make an important contribution to the growth of sustainable energy in Europe, and will supply sustainable energy to 785,000 households.
Van Oord is also involved in the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm, working on behalf of ScottishPower Renewables.
East Anglia ONE is located in the North Sea, 45 kilometers southeast of the town of Lowestoft in Suffolk. The wind farm will have 102 Siemens 7 MW wind turbines, with a total capacity of 714 MW. Once operational in 2020, East Anglia ONE will deliver sustainable energy to 500,000 households.
Van Oord’s contract covers the transportation and installation of 102 three-legged jacket foundations – the largest amount of three-legged foundations installed in a wind farm anywhere in the world.
12 May 2017