Gemini Wind Farm

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Gemini
Gemini Wind Farm is located in North Sea
Gemini Wind Farm
Location of the Gemini Wind Farm in the North Sea
Country Netherlands
Location 85 km north of Groningen
Coordinates 54°02′10″N 5°57′47″E / 54.036°N 5.963°E / 54.036; 5.963Coordinates: 54°02′10″N 5°57′47″E / 54.036°N 5.963°E / 54.036; 5.963
Status complete
Commission date 2017
Owner(s) Northland Power, Siemens, Van Oord, HVC NV
Wind farm
Type Offshore
Distance from shore 55 km (34 mi)
Power generation
Make and model Siemens SWT-4.0
Units planned 150
Nameplate capacity 600 MW

Gemini is a 600 megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm off the coast of the Netherlands. Construction started in 2015 with final commissioning in 2017.[1][2] It is the second largest offshore wind farm in the world, after the London Array.

The wind farm consists of two parts. The first part with 75 turbines is located north of Ameland. The second part also with 75 turbines is located 55 kilometres north of Schiermonnikoog. The 150 wind turbines are Siemens SWT-4.0, each with a capacity of 4 megawatts.[3][4]

The wind farm has been developed by a consortium led by Northland Power, while Van Oord is the main contractor. Initially it was expected that the wind farm would be ready in the fourth quarter of 2015,[5] but the start of construction was delayed until 2015.[6] Electricity production started in February 2016 when the first turbine was connected to the grid.[7] In the first week of December 2016, all 150 turbines began producing power, and the project was fully commissioned in May 2017.[2][8]

The total construction cost of the Gemini project is estimated at around 2.8 billion euros,[9] and subsidies will be 3.6 billion euros.[4]

The first offshore service vessel with inverted bow and X-Stern was launched by Ulstein Group in April 2016 to service Gemini, housing 40 workers.[10][11][12][13]

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Full tilt: giant offshore wind farm opens in North Sea". Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Innovation - Gemini Wind Farm, accessed 8 February 2015
  4. ^ a b Gemini 4C
  5. ^ Datasheet Gemini 600 MW, Datasheet Gemini Archived 2012-06-14 at the Wayback Machine., accessed 8 February 2015
  6. ^ Van Oord bouwt mee aan windpark Schiermonnikoog, accessed 8 February 2015
  7. ^ PZC [2], accessed 16 January 2017
  8. ^ 4C Offshore, Key project dates for Gemini [3], accessed 22 January 2017
  9. ^ NRC Handelsblad Nieuw windmolenpark in Noordzee ter waarde van 2,8 miljard euro, 30 januari 2014, accessed 8 February 2015
  10. ^ "First offshore wind service vessel from Ulstein Verft launched". Offshore Wind Industry. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  11. ^ Tore Stensvold. "Første skip med X-Stern er kommet til Ulsteinvik". Teknisk Ukeblad. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "WINDEA TBN1". Ulstein Group. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  13. ^ Ship video on YouTube

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