ZWIJNDRECHT, Belgium – DEME says its installation vessel Innovation will soon set sail to the Belgian North Sea with the first load of 58 turbine foundations and transition pieces for installation at the SeaMade offshore wind farm.
Currently the first monopiles and transition pieces are being loaded at SIF’s Maasvlakte terminal in Rotterdam.
With a 487-MW capacity, SeaMade is said to be the largest offshore wind farm in Belgium. SeaMade stands for a combination of two offshore wind projects, previously known as Mermaid (235 MW) and Seastar (252 MW).
DEME’s scope includes the installation of the 58 foundations and all inter-array cables, two offshore substations, and the 220-kV submarine high voltage cable.
In spring 2020, the 8.4 MW turbines are expected to be installed on the foundations.
Before the end of 2020, SeaMade is expected to provide renewable energy to 500,000 households in Belgium, the company said.