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Sif to produce monopiles for Rentel offshore wind farm in Belgium

Published 10 October 2016

Sif Group has secured a contract to produce 42 monopiles for the 309MW Rentel offshore wind farm in Belgium.

The contract was awarded by GeoSea, a subsidiary of DEME Group, which will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract (EPCI) for the wind farm.

In joint venture with Smulders, Sif will fabricate all the transition pieces for the wind farm.

Sif will produce the primary steel, while Smulders will be responsible for the outfitting of the transition pieces.

It will comprise of 42 turbines from Siemens, each with electricity producing capacity of 7.35MW.

The turbines will be installed on top of the monopole foundations.

The total weight of the monopoles is expected to reach 46.9ktons and for the transition pieces will weigh about 10.1ktons.

Sif is expected to begin production in the first three quarters of 2017.

The wind farm will be located some 34km off the coast of Zeebrugge, in Belgium. GeoSea is the company responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the RENTEL offshore wind farm.

It is owned by Rentel NV, a consortium of Otary, ELECTRAWINDS Offshore NV, Rent-a-Port, DEME NV, SRIW Environment, Aspiravi Offshore, Z-Kracht, Power@Sea and Scoofe.

The wind farm, which will have an expected life span of 20 years, will produce enough energy to light up more than 2,10,000 Belgian houses annually. It will reduce more than 440,000 tonnes of CO2 and 10,000 tonnes of SO2 being released into the atmosphere.

Image: GeoSea awards monopile manufacture contract to Sif. Photo: Courtesy of Sif Group.