SeaMade, which is a combination of two offshore wind projects, previously known as Mermaid (235MW) and Seastar (252MW) is the largest offshore wind farm in Belgium with a capacity of 487MW.
Deme's scope includes the installation of the 58 foundations and all inter-array cables, the installation of two offshore substations and the 220kV submarine high voltage cable installation. In spring 2020, the 8,4MW turbines will be installed on the foundations. Before the end of 2020, SeaMade will provide renewable energy to 500,000 households in Belgium.
"After months of careful planning and engineering, it is great to kick-off the offshore works at the largest offshore wind farm in Belgium," said Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO of Deme. "For now, this is the last wind farm developed in the Belgian North Sea. Thanks to our country being at the forefront of offshore renewable energy, we had the opportunity to develop a leading cluster of Belgian companies involved in the construction of offshore wind farms globally. We look forward to working with our partners and all stakeholders on the SeaMade project and are confident also in the future our combined expertise can play a major role in Belgium's ambition to double the offshore wind capacity to 4GW by 2025."
"We are proud that SeaMade brings the Belgian offshore wind capacity to 2,262MW by 2020, exactly as has been anticipated by the Belgian federal government," added Mathias Verkest, CEO at SeaMade. "This capacity will produce more than 8TWh annually, which is approximately 10 per cent of total electricity demand and 50 per cent of the total household consumption. Even with the limited surface of the Belgian North Sea, Belgium is the fifth producer of offshore wind worldwide. Beyond 2020, the offshore wind energy capacity in the Belgian North Sea can be further developed and doubled to at least 4,000MW. We trust solutions will be found allowing an adequate and timely grid connection for this second round."