* Gemini offshore wind farm to have 600 MW capacity
* Production expected from 2023
* Siemens to provide 150 wind turbines
(Adds details on Siemens business)
LONDON/FRANKFURT, May 15 The Dutch Gemini
offshore wind farm project signed a 3 billion euro ($4.1
billion) construction and services deal with a consortium led by
Siemens, handing the German engineering group its
largest ever energy services contract.
The 600 megawatt (MW) wind power project will be built in
the Dutch North Sea, 85 km from Groningen, and is designed to
provide enough electricity for 1.5 million people once it
becomes operational in 2023, Siemens said.
The diversified German engineering group won 1.5 billion
euros worth of business from the contract. It will deliver 150
wind turbines with a capacity of four megawatts (MW) and a rotor
diameter of 130 metres each and will maintain the wind park for
As part of its maintenance, Siemens will have a dedicated
helicopter and a purpose-built service vessel on standby at the
"Maintenance work can be carried out at almost all times
irrespective of the weather conditions or wave height," the
The Gemini consortium is 60 percent owned by Canadian firm
Northland Power, and 20 percent by Siemens's Financial
Services arm. Dutch offshore engineering firm Van Oord holds 10
percent and HVC, a joint venture of over 50 Dutch municipalities
and water authorities, holds the rest.
"We are entering one of the most important emerging offshore
wind markets in Europe," said Markus Tacke, CEO of the Wind
Power Division of Siemens Energy.
Siemens has forecast that renewables, including onshore and
offshore wind, will likely generate a quarter of global
electricity within the next two decades.
It recently won wind power contracts in the British North
Sea from Norway's Statoil. It will also help set up a
grid connection for several North Sea wind farms for TenneT
($1 = 0.7294 Euros)
(Reporting by Henning Gloystein, Ludwig Burger in Frankfurt;
editing by Keiron Henderson and David Evans)