DEME Offshore and Hellenic Cables have completed the testing and energization of the export cable connections at the SeaMade offshore wind project in Belgium.
DEME said it is currently carrying out the inter-array cable installation and preparing for the turbine installation campaign, set to begin in mid-June.
“Another important milestone for the SeaMade offshore wind farm as this is an essential step towards the actual production of green energy,” said Mathias Verkest, SeaMade NV CEO.
“I am very proud about the fact that SeaMade contributes significantly to Belgium’s binding goal of having 13% of our energy produced out of renewable energy sources by 2020. Half of this renewable energy production will come from offshore wind energy. SeaMade will contribute to almost one quarter of the required offshore energy production.”
The consortium of DEME Offshore and Hellenic Cables signed the contract for the design, supply, installation and commissioning works of the submarine high voltage cables for SeaMade in 2018.
At the end of last year, DEME completed the pull-in of the project’s two export cables into Elia’s Offshore SwitchYard (OSY) platform.
SeaMade comprises the 252 MW Seastar and the 235 MW Mermaid offshore wind projects which will feature 58 Siemens Gamesa 8.0-167 DD turbines. It will be Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm once commissioned this year.