The SeaMade offshore wind project in Belgium will be constructed next year after the developers attracted a high level of support from the finance community.
SeaMade, a partnership between Otary, Engie Electrabel and Eneco Wind Belgium reached financial close for the project on schedule and will be financed by a group of public and private equity investors, with commercial lenders, multilateral institutions and export credit agencies providing non-recourse debt financing. Construction will get underway in mid-2019. The project combines the Seastar and Mermaid offshore windfarms.
SeaMade will comprise 58 wind turbines with a total capacity of 487 MW and will be connected to the grid by two offshore substations in Elia’s modular offshore grid.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has secured a contract for SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines for the project, along with a 17-year service agreement.
DEME’s subsidiaries Dredging International, GeoSea and Tideway have secured contracts for the foundations, turbines and inter-array cables for the project, under the terms of an EPCI contract. The project will use monopile foundations.
Each of SeaMade’s windfarms will have its own offshore substation, which will collect electricity produced, convert it from 33 kV to 220 kV and export it into the grid.
The Offshore Wind Journal Conference in London 5 February 2019 will address key issues including global market developments, increasing turbine sizes, floating offshore wind and industry regulations