Facts | figures

 

General facts

  • Once operational, Gemini will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, both in terms of size and production.
  • Gemini is located in the Dutch North Sea, 85 kilometres north of the Dutch coast and is not visible from the shore. This location offers some of the highest and most constant wind speeds on the Dutch part of the North Sea.
  • The construction of the Gemini farm is currently in full flow. The project is expected to be fully operational by 2017.
  • Four companies joined forces to create Gemini: Northland Power (60% project share), Siemens (20%), Van Oord (10%) and HVC (10%).
  • The project is expected to provide over 500 jobs, as well as an additional 75 to 100 operational jobs over the coming years.
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Renewable energy

  • With a total of 600 MW capacity, Gemini is expected to produce about 2.6 TWh of renewable electricity, sufficient for approximately 1.5 million people in the Netherlands.
  • Gemini can provide over 785,000 Dutch households with renewable electricity, and will realise a reduction in CO₂ emissions of 1.25 million tons per year.

 

Financing

  • At €2.8 billion, Gemini is the largest ever offshore wind farm financed on a project basis.
  • The project reached financial close in May 2014, after only six months.
  • Gemini is being constructed in accordance with a contract between two parties: Van Oord is responsible for construction, and Siemens for supplying the turbines. Service and maintenance will be provided by Siemens Energy Service for a 15-year period.
  • Further, approximately 70% of the project’s required financing has been provided via €2 billion of (‘non-recourse’) project financing with first-class coverage and as a term loan from twelve international commercial creditors, and three export credit agencies.

 

Gemini in figures

600 megawatt production capacity

2.6 terawatt hour electricity generated per year

€ 2.8 billion project financing (loan capital and equity) pooled in record time

6 months to Financial Close - an unprecedented timescale for a project of this size

36 kilometres per hour - the average wind speed in the area

85 kilometres from the Groningen coast

68 square kilometres of wind farm in the North Sea

28-36 metre water depth at the site of the wind farm

5 years between obtaining the Water Act licence and the financial close in May 2014

24-36 months needed to complete the environmental surveys and obtain the required project licences

1.25 million fewer tons of CO₂ emissions per year because of Gemini

500 local jobs to be created during construction

1 land station will be constructed in Eemshaven

59-73 metres - length of the monopiles; each monopile will be adjusted to the installation depth required by the conditions at the various locations

7-11 centimetres - wall thickness of the monopiles; this varies to give additional support to the construction in areas in which the sea exerts most pressure

5-13 revolutions per minute - range of the nominal rotor speed

88.5 metres - height of the turbine hub above sea level

990 tons - lifting capacity of the crane on offshore installation vessel Aeolus

2 offshore high-voltage substations

5,000 tons - weight of a full cable carousel on installation ship Nexus

110 kilometres of export cable from each offshore substation to land (approximately)

33 - nominal kilovoltage of the thinnest infield cable (108 mm diameter) that connects the turbines with the substations

220 - nominal kilovoltage of the thickest export cables (267 mm diameter) that can each transport up to 75% of the electricity that Gemini generates.

450 turbine blades, each weighing 18 tonnes, to complete the wind farm

1,347 tons - total weight of the heaviest installed turbine (including monopile, transition piece, nacelle and rotor with blades)

 

 

 

 

 

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