SeaMade to build last two wind farms
Next year SeaMade, a cooperation with main shareholder Otary, Engie Electrabel and Eneco Wind Belgium, will start with the construction of two new wind farms – Mermaid and Seastar – in the North Sea. Together, they will form the largest wind farm at sea. The financial deal is made and both wind farms should be operational by 2020.
Largest wind turbines
Seastar is situated at about 40 km in front of the Belgian coast line, while Mermaid is the furthest removed (50 km). Both wind farms will count 58 wind turbines each, installed and maintained by Siemens Gamesa. These are the largest wind turbines at the North Sea.
Together, Mermaid and Seastar will have a capacity of 487 MW, which represents green energy for 485.000 households and a reduction of half a million tons of CO2 emissions.
1,3 billion euro
“Offshore energy is increasingly important in the Belgian energy mix and provides clean energy for 50% of domestic consumption”, says SeaMade CEO, Mathias Verkest.
Construction will start in the summer of 2019 and the wind farms should be operational by end 2020. A total investment of 1,3 billion euro.
With the latest deal all available concessions are being developed, although state secretary for the North Sea, Philippe De Backer (Open Vld) announced last weekend that he wants to double the capacity of the energy production at the North Sea.
“We’re the fifth largest producer of offshore wind energy. We need to stay at the top”, De Backer said. “The North Sea is the right place for the development of innovative technologies. I believe in a future with more renewable energy.” De Backer also said that this evolution complies with the climate and energy targets.