Norther and Siemens Gamesa settle in Oostende

Port of OostendeNorther and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy moved into a new building at the REBO terminal in the Port of Oostende.

The building will be used by Norther as a base to oversee the operation and maintenance of the
Norther offshore wind farm which is currently being constructed off the coast of Belgium.

The €1.2bn
Norther wind farm is being constructed 23km from the Belgian port of Zeebruges and is expected to be operational in 2019. It is owned by Elicio, Eneco & Diamond Generating Europe and is currently poised to be the largest project off the Belgian coast.

Foundation installation is underway at the site and is being completed by Van Oord using its jack-up vessel
Aelous. Installation of the MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW turbines is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2019 with full commissioning by the end of the year.

Siemens Gamesa will use the base to oversee operations at the  
Rentel offshore wind farm located approximately 40km north of Oostende. Siemens Gamesa previously used the REBO terminal during the construction of Rentel. The wind farm is anticipated to be fully operational by the end of 2018 with a capacity of 309MW. It features 42 Siemens Gamesa DWT-7.0-154 turbines, the last of which was installed on by SEA INSTALLER  last month.

The new building at the will REBO terminal provide 900m² of warehouse space and 2100m² of offices. It is expected to house up to 35 people during its operation. The building was financed by the Port of Oostende and the main contractor is Alheembouw from Oostnieuwkerke, supported subcontractors Van Vooren and SPIE.

The Port of Oostende has supported numerous offshore wind farm developments from its REBO terminal. It estimates that around  20 crew transfer vessels with an average of 12 people each sail in and out of the port of Oostende on a daily basis.  

For more information on offshore wind farm logistics,
click here.

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