DEME Offshore has installed the first turbine at the SeaMade offshore windfarm in the Belgian sector of the North Sea. With a 487 MW capacity, SeaMade is the largest offshore windfarm in Belgium
Offshore construction for SeaMade started in September 2019 with the last foundation installed in January 2020. In the meantime, the subsea cables for the project were installed.
DEME’s DP2 dynamic positioned offshore installation vessel Apollo will now install 58 Siemens Gamesa 8.4-MW turbines on monopile foundations.
Apollo recently loaded the first wind turbine components at Renewable Energy Base Ostend (REBO), which is used as the marshalling harbour for pre-assembly of the 58 turbines.
From Ostend, Apollo will transport the tower elements, nacelles and blades, with a total weight of 1,000 tonnes each, for installation at the SeaMade site, which is about 45 km off the Belgian coast.
Apollo has an 800-tonne, leg-encircling crane and an unobstructed, spacious 2,000 m² deck with a load carrying capacity of 15 t/m².
DEME Offshore business unit director Michael Glavind said the project is the first turbine installation project for Apollo, which has just completed a foundation piling project in Scotland.
SeaMade will be fully operational by the end of 2020 and will have a capacity of 487 MW.