VolkerWessels Boskalis Marine Solutions (VBMS) has secured a contract to support the installation of export cables at the 600MW Gemini offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

The lead contractor for the project is dredging and marine contractor Van Oord.

This offshore wind project is located in the Netherlands part of the North Sea, 85km north of the Groningen coast.

VBMS will have to install 2 cable sections with a total length of 11 km in the transition area between the shallow and deep water sections on the route.

Cable-laying vessel Stemat Spirit will be used for the work. This vessel will be mobilised by VBMS in mid-March 2015.

VBMS CEO Arno van Poppel said: "After our successful cooperation for the Eneco Luchterduinen OWF last year, we are very pleased to install this export cable for Van Oord and contribute to one of the most productive offshore wind farms in the world."

The Gemini wind project is owned by a consortium formed by Northland Power, Siemens Financial Services (SFS), Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors, and NV HVC.

The offshore facility will be equipped with 150 wind turbines from Siemens, each with a capacity of 4MW.