Dutch officials open giant 600MW North Sea wind farm

Dutch officials open giant 600MW North Sea wind farm

One of the world’s largest offshore wind farms has been officially unveiled by Dutch officials in the North Sea.

The 600MW Gemini Windpark, located around 85km off the Northern coast of the Netherlands, will meet the energy needs of about 1.5 million people, generating clean energy from a fleet of 150 turbines.

The $3 billion collaboration project, first conceived back in 2010, was completed under-budget and ahead of time according to developer Gemini.

“Now fully operational, Gemini will produce 2.6 TWh of sustainable energy every year, reducing the Netherlands’ CO2 emissions by 1.25 million tonnes,” said the company’s managing director Matthias Haag.

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

The Gemini Windpark will make up around 13% of the country’s total renewable energy supply and about 25% of its wind power, added Haag at the opening ceremony.

The Dutch government has set a target of having 14% of its energy supplied from renewable sources by 2020, followed by 16% by 2023, along with an ambitious long-term goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.