Gemini wind project: moving boundaries
CEO of Gemini
Didi te Gussinklo
CEO of Delta
‘Gemini has signed an off-take balance and services agreement with Delta, an energy supplier and infrastructure operator based in the Netherlands. This agreement with Gemini marks a major step in our ambition to become a CO2-free energy provider by 2050. With this step, Delta will soon become the biggest supplier of renewable wind energy in the Netherlands. This will enable us to implement our strategy and respond effectively to the growing demands of our B2B and retail customers to satisfy their energy needs in the best way possible.’
‘To make this multidisciplinary project succeed, a mixed team has been put together consisting of various specialities and nationalities. Our team now consists of more than one hundred motivated and hardworking people, dealing with numerous challenges on this complex project. Together we are meeting this great challenge head-on.’
‘The wind resources in the North Sea are some of the best in the world. Gemini will support the Netherlands’ and European Union’s renewable energy targets by harnessing the power of the North Sea. At the same time, the project will create jobs and investment in the Dutch economy. It’s a win-win.’
Commentary by stakeholders
EUR 1.3 billion
1st quarter 2017
Renewable energy for 785,000
1.25 million tonnes reduction of CO2 emission by Gemini wind project
150 4 MW Siemens wind turbines
85 km north of Groningen,
200 km of export cables
Van Oord is deploying a wide range of its vessels to complete this multidisciplinary, innovation-rich project. The latest additions to the fleet – offshore installation vessel Aeolus and cable-laying vessel Nexus – are both playing crucial roles in the construction of the wind park. These state-of-the-art vessels are equipped with the latest technical features. The unique jack-up system on the Aeolus and the 5,000-tonne carousel on the Nexus were designed in-house by our engineers to optimise workability and deployment.
Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord: ‘Our client is Gemini, consisting of four shareholders and headed by Northland Power Inc. We’re involved in this wind project in two ways. Van Oord has a 10% equity stake. We’re really proud to be part of this project as shareholder as well as EPC contractor. It presents us with a great opportunity to show our commitment to the offshore wind industry. We invest in innovative solutions that contribute significantly to making sustainable energy more competitive.’
Complex EUR 1.3 billion project
Building a 600 MW offshore wind farm in the North Sea in water depths ranging from 28 to even 36 metres is an enormous challenge. That’s why Van Oord, as EPC contractor, needed to pull out all the stops for optimised designs and calculations before signing this EUR 1.3 billion contract in May 2014. The company is in charge of the engineering, procurement and construction processes, making it a single point of contact for its client, Gemini, and resulting in fewer risks and lower costs. There is no doubt that this is a challenging project that presents the opportunity to combine the company’s knowledge and wide range of experience.
In full swing
This extensive project involves supplying and installing the foundations, the entire electrical infrastructure, including the offshore and onshore high-voltage stations, and the cables, as well as installing the Siemens wind turbines. The construction works are already well underway, but a lot of work still has to be done to get the 150 wind turbines safe and sound and ready to produce clean wind energy before completion in Q1 2017. During the execution phase, Van Oord will deploy its FaunaGuard for protecting marine fauna. This system will deter harbour porpoises approaching the piling activities.
Gemini wind project:
Van Oord is building the Dutch Gemini wind park, one of the largest offshore wind parks in the world. It represents the largest contract in the company’s rich history and a ground-breaking project in the offshore wind industry.
Project in progress