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Amsterdam August 20, 2015

 

Gemini Signs Wind Park Operation & Maintenance Agreement

 

Gemini, EWE Offshore Service & Solutions GmbH (EWE-OSS) and Offshore & Wind Assistance (OWA) announced that they have signed an agreement for the Operation and Maintenance of the 600 megawatt Gemini Wind Park, for a period of five years beginning in 2016.

 

Gemini Wind Park is currently under construction 85 kilometers off the coast of Groningen, where it will be invisible from land. Construction started in July this year and the park is expected to be fully operational in 2017.

 

OWA will provide maintenance and inspection services for all of the wind park’s foundations and structures above and below water, as well as the inspection of cables & scour protection, including all logistics. EWE-OSS will operate, maintain and monitor the two offshore high voltage stations and the land high voltage station in Eemshaven, including all logistics. In addition, EWE-OSS is responsible for the for the network management of the two 220 kV export cables and the 380kV grid connection cable that will transport electricity to the grid.

 

“Effective operations and maintenance is crucial for the success of the wind park,” said Matthias Haag, CEO of Gemini. “We are very happy with this collaboration. Both EWE-OSS and OWA have the knowledge and experience needed to keep Gemini running efficiently and safely.”

 

Gemini will consist of 150 turbines, and is located in the North Sea, in an area known for some of the highest and most constant wind speeds in the world. Gemini will make a significant contribution to the Netherlands and the European Union reaching their sustainable energy goals, including the target to reduce CO₂ emissions by 20% by 2020. Once operational, Gemini will generate clean, renewable energy for 1.5 million people in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam August 20, 2015

 

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