Belgian developer Otary says it plans to use turbines from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the upcoming Mermaid and Seastar offshore windfarms.
The developer has opted for a combined approach to procurement for the windfarms, to reduce costs.
In a statement, the company said “after intensive discussions with multiple suppliers… it was decided to collaborate with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as wind turbine supplier for the Mermaid and Seastar projects.”
The Port of Ostend in Belgium will be the offshore hub for construction of the projects.
Otary and Siemens Gamesa will continue contract negotiations with the aim of reaching agreement on terms and conditions and a long-term service and maintenance deal.
Mermaid THV chief executive Mathias Verkast said “We are pleased to make this announcement as this will trigger a sequence of events that will eventually lead to construction of two windfarms, which will have a total capacity of around 500 MW.
“In order to reach project completion by 2020 the support mechanism announced by the government still must be transposed into legislation, but we are confident that the Belgian government will do its utmost to make this happen in the next few weeks.”