DEME Offshore installation vessel Apollo. Source: DEME Group Twitter @DEMEgrou

Belgium - First turbine up at Belgium's SeaMade offshore wind complex

The first of 58 Siemens Gamesa turbine has been installed at the 487-MW SeaMade cluster of offshore wind projects off the coast of Belgium, dredging company DEME said on Monday.

The Belgian firm is tasked with the installation of the monopile foundations, subsea cables and two offshore substations for the wind farms. It erected the last foundation in January and will now proceed with the installation of the 8.4-MW turbines with its Apollo jack-up vessel.

The SeaMade complex will include two offshore wind parks previously known as the 235-MW Mermaid and the 252-MW Seastar. The consortium behind the project consists of Otary RS, Engie Electrabel and Eneco Wind Belgium.

SeaMade is scheduled for commissioning by the end of 2020 when it will become the largest wind farm in the Belgian North Sea. Its output is estimated to be enough to supply around 485,000 homes.

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