Apollo leaves Oostende for SeaMade

On Sunday morning June 14th the installation vessel Apollo  moored at the REBO heavy load terminal in the port of Oostende. It departed this morning with two sets of wind turbines for the SeaMade wind farm at sea.  

In March, the first components for the Seamade wind farm arrived at the REBO terminal. Despite the corona crisis, the project remains on schedule. Meanwhile, at the REBO terminal, blades, nacelles and pre-assembled towers are waiting to be installed on the latest wind farm in the Belgian part of the North Sea.

It is the first assignment in the Belgian North Sea for the DEME Group's jack-up vessel
Apollo  and also the first time that the ship will install turbines. Equipped with 84.2 metre long legs (extendable to 106.8 m) the vessel features a crane with a capacity of no less than 800 tons.

"Once this project is completed, the REBO terminal can also be used for other industrial activities. Due to its unique location along one of the busiest sea routes and the existing infrastructure, the REBO terminal is extremely suitable for handling heavy loads. By broadening the market to project cargo and decommissioning offshore wind turbines and oil and gas structures, we want to guarantee the continuity of the terminal," says Port Chairman Charlotte Verkeyn.

The SeaMade project is made up of two wind farms,
Mermaid and Seastar, and is located in Belgian waters approximately 40-50 km off the coast of Ostend, in water depths between 22 and 38 metres. The project is being developed by SeaMade NV, a joint venture of the Otary group (70%), Electrabel (Engie) (17.5%), and Eneco Wind Belgium (12.5%).

The two projects will have a combined capacity of 487 MW and will consist of 58 Siemens Gamesa
SG 8.0-167 DD turbines, each with an individual installed capacity of 8.4 MW, mounted on monopile foundations. Each wind turbine has a hub height of 109 metres and a rotor diameter of 167 metres, and they are expected to power around 500,000 households annually. Once constructed and operational, the project is expected to offset 700,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.

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