First Gemini monopiles arrive in Netherlands

NETHERLANDS: The first monopiles to be used at the 600MW Gemini project in the North Sea have arrived at the Breakbulk and Offshore Wind Terminal (BOW Terminal) in Vlissingen.

The first two monopiles for the Gemini project have been delivered
The first two monopiles for the Gemini project have been delivered

Two of the port's cranes lifted the first of the 850 ton monopiles on to the dockside on Sunday. The monopiles were built by Dutch manufacturer Sif Group at Roermond.

The next delivery is due Monday with installation planned to begin before the end of the year.

The terminal is responsible for storing 75 of the 150 monopile foundations, which will support the Siemens 4MW turbines.

The construction of the monopiles will be equally shared between steel pipe manufacturers Sif Group and German firm EEW.

It is the first time the port has supported a Dutch offshore wind project, but it has been used in the construction of 24 other energy related developments, according to the port's general manager Arjen Pattenier.

The Gemini project will be located 85 kilometres from the Netherlands mainland when it is commissioned in early 2017.

The developer, a consortium led by Canadian utility Northland Power, handed Dutch engineering firm Van Oord the EPC contract in May.

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