In August 2013 Smulders Projects, subsidiary of Smulders Group, and Sif Group received an order from Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects b.v. for the production of 150 Transition Pieces for the Gemini Windfarm. Sif Group will supply the primary steel tubulars, Smulders Projects will supply and install all secondary steel and takes care of the surface treatment.
This achievement is a major milestone for Smulders Projects. Not only is this the largest order in the company’s history as regards the number of foundations ordered, the first transition piece of this project will also be TP number 1000 produced in our facility in Hoboken, Belgium.
The Gemini Offshore Wind Farm comprises 150 turbines of 4 MW each. Gemini will be one of the largest wind farms worldwide and is to be built in the Dutch part of the North Sea, 85 km off the coast of Groningen. This project results in more than a doubling of the number of offshore wind turbines in the Netherlands: from 139 to 283 turbines. Iemants, another subsidiary of the Smulders Group, will build the two offshore substations that will be connected to the turbines in collaboration with Cofely Fabricom and CG.
For our facility in Hoboken, this order provides a workload until the third quarter of 2015. Gemini is the fourth project concerning TP foundations that Van Oord assigns to Smulders Projects. This strengthens our view that customer focus is always rewarded.
Smulders Projects began with the production of transition pieces 13 years ago. The first transition pieces were built for the first major offshore wind farm Horns Rev I. Since those pioneering days, Smulders Projects has become a market leader concerning offshore foundations in general and transition pieces in particular.