Out of the sea gate and
onwards to the wind farm
It was a long-awaited moment: the installation of the first turbines in
the Gemini Wind Park: 85 kilometres from the coast of the Netherlands, out in the North Sea, where the wind is almost always blowing. On 12 February, the time finally came: the departure!
Six turbines, manufactured by Siemens, were loaded onto the Aeolus offshore installation vessel and dispatched from the Danish seaport of Esbjerg. The town of Esbjerg has been growing significantly in recent decades as a result of all the offshore wind activities – by now, the interest in offshore wind activities is even larger than the fishing industry. After the turbines were installed on the foundations at the end of February, they were connected to the electricity grid and tested as quickly as possible. They started supplying power immediately after the test phase. Thus, the moment of ‘first power’ was truly a milestone, according to Matthias Haag, Gemini’s CEO: ‘Of course, the generation of the first power is a very special moment. It is so satisfying to see that the dynamic way in which the construction has progressed thus far has been rewarded with the actual provision of sustainable electricity’.
In the next months, the Aeolus and the other installation vessel Pacific Osprey (can transport 8 turbines) will be transporting and installing the turbines in the wind park.