The 487 MW, €1.3bn SeaMade offshore wind power project consists of two sites: Seastar, a 252 MW offshore wind power plant with 30 of the SG 8.0 direct drive wind turbines which have blades 167m long, and Mermaid, a 235 MW offshore wind power plant with 28 of the same turbines, mounted at depths of 40m.
SeaMade is a partnership formed of the Otary RS (70%), Engie Electrabel (17.5%) and Eneco Wind Belgium (12.5%). Construction is to start in mid-2019 and be completed in 2020 and Siemens Gamesa will provide remote monitoring and diagnostics for the following 17 years in order to ensure long-term availability and performance.
By 2020, more than 1,000 SGRE Direct Drive offshore wind turbines will be installed globally, but the first SG 8.0 167 direct drive prototype was only installed and commissioned in Østerild, Denmark, in September.
“We are very pleased that our preferred supplier agreement announced in March 2018 has now become a fully confirmed order with SeaMade,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “Combining the two project areas into one project shows excellent leadership by our customer to drive down the cost of energy from offshore wind through economies of scale.”
The deal follows a loan of €250 million from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) which has so far backed eight offshore wind projects in Belgium with a combined capacity of 2.2 GW, generating in total 7.8 TWh of electricity for around 2 million households.