Gemini 600MW offshore wind farm approved in Netherlands

Typhoon Offshore, on behalf of Gemini, announced today that the permits for Gemini, the 600MW offshore wind farm that will be built in the North Sea 55 kilometers north of the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog, are now irrevocable. The permits had to be amended due to the complete redesign of the project, resulting in a 10% increase in production. The Council of State has confirmed that the only on-going appeal against the relevant permits has been withdrawn. The appeal had been filed by fishing associations in the north of the Netherlands.

The associations feared that fishing restrictions might be imposed on them during the operational phase of the wind farm, due to the position of the export cables that carry electricity from the offshore Gemini parks to the harbour of Eemshaven. The permits explicitly state that third parties are allowed to continue using the area. Rijkswaterstaat, the executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, also confirmed it sees no reason to impose restrictions on the fishermen. In response, the fishing associations withdrew their appeal. As a result, the permits for Gemini have now become irrevocable.

Gemini consists of two 300 MW locations, each with a 110 km long 220 kV cable that transports the generated electricity to the land station in Eemshaven, where it is stepped up to 380 kV and fed into the national grid.

The permits were issued via a national coordination regulation under the authority of the Minister of Economic Affairs.

Gemini is the 600 MW fully consented wind farm which will be located 85km north of the coast of the Netherlands. A unique location with excellent wind conditions, manageable water depths and perfect (subsea) soil conditions.

The 600MW project will produce electricity for over 785,000 households/ 1,540,000 habitants per annum, which is nearly the equivalent to the number of people living in the 3 northern provinces of the Netherlands and equals a reduction in emissions of 1,250,000 tons of CO2.

In August 2013, Typhoon Offshore announced that Northland Power Inc, Siemens Project Ventures, Van Oord, HVC and Typhoon Offshore will participate in Gemini as equity sponsors.