SeaMade offshore wind farm officially inaugurated on 20 October 2021
20 October 2021
SeaMade has a capacity of 487 MW and was built and delivered during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was characterised as a project for an essential sector, but it remained a huge challenge to deliver what is the largest infrastructure project in Belgium before the end of 2020, on time and on budget.
SeaMade was developed by a consortium consisting of Otary (of which Elicio is one of the shareholders), Ocean Wind and Eneco. SeaMade is managed by Otary, and together with the Rentel wind farm it provides almost 800 MW (100 turbines) of offshore capacity in the North Sea.
Official inauguration of SeaMade wind farm
SeaMade was inaugurated in the presence of the board of directors and its shareholders, investors, (sub)contractors, politicians and the Otary & SeaMade project team.
SeaMade has been operational since the end of 2020. SeaMade consists of 58 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 487 MW that generate 1.8 TWh of renewable energy per year, good for the energy supply of 500,000 Belgian households.
SeaMade NV is responsible for the simultaneous development of both the Mermaid and Seastar offshore wind farms, resulting in the largest wind farm ever financed and built in Belgium. Mermaid is the furthest zone in the Belgian North Sea, about 50 km from the Ostend coastline. Via export cables buried in the seabed, the electricity from the sea is linked to Elia's offshore transmission grid and then brought ashore.
Tinne Van der Straeten, Minister of Energy:
“With offshore wind we have shown once again that we can be big as a small country. We will continue along this path with the federal government. We are tripling our offshore wind capacity, thereby providing North Sea electricity for every family. We can make this happen thanks to the very first energy island in the North Sea, technological progress and larger wind turbines. That's how we will turn our North Sea into one large sustainable energy plant.”
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