The first seven monopiles have been installed at the 600-MW Gemini wind farm off the Dutch coast, Canadian firm Northland Power Inc (TSE:NPI) said Wednesday.
The first steel foundation was put in place on July 1 and several others followed suit. Northland, which holds a 60% stake in the project, said that Gemini is progressing on time and on budget. Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors BV (Van Oord) is in charge of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).
The offshore wind farm will comprise 150 turbines by German engineering group Siemens (ETR:SIE). Once fully operational in 2017, it is estimated to produce as much power as 1.5 million people in the Netherlands consume annually.
Apart from Northland Power, the other stakeholders in the Gemini project are Siemens Financial Services, Van Oord and HVC, a joint venture of 48 Dutch municipalities and six water regulatory authorities, with stakes of 20%, 10% and 10%, respectively.