First foundations installed at SeaMade wind farm!
And DEME Offshore and Otary are playing a leading role in this 487MW project integrating two wind sites known as Mermaid and Seastar. It is the single largest windfarm being funded and built in Belgium.
The wind farm will be owned and operated by SeaMade, which is a consortium of Otary RS (70% stake), Electrabel Electrabel (17.5%), and Eneco Wind Belgium (12.5%).
SeaMade will supply renewable energy to 485,000 houses in Belgium and offset 500,000t of CO2 emissions a year. It will enable the nation to achieve a target of 13% renewable source of energy by 2020.
Contractors involved in SeaMade offshore windfarm development are Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for supplying wind turbines, the DEME Offshore-Hellenic Cables consortium for delivering and installing the submarine export cables, Dredging International to engineer, construct and install the turbine foundations and inter-array cables, while ENGIE Fabricom, Tractebel, Smulders, and DEME Offshore will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI), as well as commissioning of the substations.
For now, this is the last wind farm developed in the Belgian North Sea. But despite its relatively small coastline, Belgium has the ambition to double the wind capacity in the North Sea to 4 GW.