Amsterdam, February 29, 2016
Gemini Wind Park delivers first power to the grid
First wind turbines are generating renewable energy
85 kilometres from the coast of Groningen
The construction of the Gemini Wind Park has reached an important milestone. The first wind turbines are now producing the park’s first sustainable energy. In the next few months, a total of 150 wind turbines will be installed. The park is expected to be completed in 2017 and will deliver sustainable energy for 785.000 households in the next decades.
Following the construction of the electric infrastructure last year and the installation of the turbine foundations in a record time of 110 days, contractors Siemens and Van Oord will now install the remaining 150 wind turbines. The wind turbines are transported directly from the port of Esbjerg in Denmark to the wind park.
Two 110 kilometer long export cables will relay power from the wind park to the shore. The energy generated will be distributed through the TenneT high voltage grid from Eemshaven.
“Generating its first power is obviously a huge milestone in the project,” says Matthias Haag, CEO of Gemini. “The actual delivery of sustainable electricity is a great reward following the dynamic building period we have had so far.”
With a total capacity of 600 megawatts, Gemini is one of the world’s largest offshore wind parks in the Dutch North Sea, both in size and in production. Four project partners have joined forces to make Gemini a reality: Canadian independent renewable energy company Northland Power (60% project interest), wind turbine manufacturer Siemens (20%), Dutch maritime contractor Van Oord (10%) and renewable energy and Dutch utility HVC (10%).
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