A Dutch energy company has signed a deal to purchase the electricity from the Seastar and Mermaid offshore windfarms being developed by SeaMade.
Eneco confirmed that it will buy all of the power generated by offshore windfarms, which are to be constructed off the coast at Zeebrugge starting in 2019.
Together with Engie Electrabel and the Otary consortium, Eneco is also a shareholder in the project, €1.3Bn (US$1.5Bn) financing for which was finalised early in December 2018. With the financing in place, Eneco has concluded a long-term power purchase agreement with the other shareholders.
Eneco chief strategic growth officer Kees-Jan Rameau said the company wanted to provide its customers with sustainable energy and smart services.
SeaMade is the legal entity behind the merger of the Seastar and Mermaid offshore windfarms. The shareholders in SeaMade are the Otary consortium (70%), Engie Electrabel (17.5%) and Eneco (12.5%).
The windfarms will have a combined capacity of 487 MW. First power from them is due to be supplied in 2020.
The Offshore Wind Journal Conference in London on 5 February 2019 will address key issues including global market developments, increasing turbine sizes, floating offshore wind and industry regulations.