Massive 600MW wind farm opens in Holland

A 600MW offshore wind farm has opened in Eemshaven, Holland. The Gemini facility is one of the largest sites of its kind in the world and will meet the energy needs of around […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A 600MW offshore wind farm has opened in Eemshaven, Holland.

The Gemini facility is one of the largest sites of its kind in the world and will meet the energy needs of around 1.5 million consumers.

It will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of 50,000 cars driving 25,000 kilometres a year.

The €2.8 billion (£2.36bn) wind farm is invisible from the land, located 85 kilometres off the coast of Groningen in the North Sea, where wind speeds are consistent and strong.

It covers an area of 68 square kilometres and is home to 150 Siemens wind turbines with a capacity of 4MW each, in addition to two offshore high-voltage substations.

Ownership of the wind farm is split between Northland Power (60%), Siemens (20%), Van Oord (10%) and HVC (10%).

Matthais Haag, Managing Director of Gemini, said: “Now fully operational, Gemini will produce 2.6TWh of sustainable energy every year, reducing the Netherlands’ carbon dioxide emissions by 1.25 million tonnes.

“We are proud to make this contribution to the realisation of the Netherlands’ sustainability targets.”

European investment in wind power rose to €43 billion (£36.3bn) in 2016.