The last of 58 turbines has been successfully installed by DEME Group at Seamade, Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm, on 30th November.
The SeaMade wind farm will provide green energy for 485,000 households and will lead to a significant reduction of annual CO2 emissions of at least 500,000 tonnes. Construction of the wind farm began in September 2019 with the installation of the foundations. DEME was responsible for the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) of the foundations, turbines, inter-array and export cables, as well as for the installation of two offshore substations. DEME’s DP2 offshore installation vessel ‘Apollo’ has now installed the last of 58 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW turbines on the monopile foundations.
“Completing this large-scale project in such a short timeframe could only be achieved because of the integrated Balance of Plant approach and through extensive cooperation with our client, as well as the relentless efforts and determination of all the teams involved” said Bart De Poorter, General Manager DEME Offshore.” This was also the first turbine installation project for ‘Apollo’. The crew has put in an excellent performance, particularly given the extra coronavirus restrictions they faced. At DEME we are all very proud to have played a key role in the development of this important wind farm, which is a vital step in helping to realise the Belgian government’s ambitious climate targets.”
Mathias Verkest, CEO SeaMade and Otary, added that Otary has now realised the largest offshore wind farm in the Belgian North Sea on time and on budget despite the challenging times and that all parties were determined to deliver the project before year-end 2020, as instigated by the Belgian government.