Nearshore wind farm to provide power for 500,000 Dutch households

Windpark Fryslân. Credit: WPF

A nearshore wind farm, known as the Windpark Fryslân project, is being built in the Frisian part of IJsselmeer, south of the Afsluitdijk, near Breezanddijk, Netherlands. 

The 380 MW wind farm is being built by Zuiderzeewind, a consortium of Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. The wind farm will feature 89 Siemens Gamesa SWT-DD-130, 4.3 MW wind turbines, arranged in a cluster. With an output capacity of more than 382.7 MW, the wind farm is expected to account for more than 70% of the province of Friesland’s 2020 renewable energy target of 530 MW. The wind farm is spread over a 35 km² area, 6.5 km away from the Frisian coast.

By using soil material from the IJsselmeer lake, 2 ha of new land and 25 ha of sheltered shallow water will be created. The island will be used during the construction phase and will be transformed next to a nature conservation area.  

The turbines, with 109 m hub height and 174 m blade tip height, will be mounted on monopile foundations in water depths ranging from 3 m to 6 m, at about 660 m from each other.  

Speaking about the progress of the project, Anne de Groot, project manager, said, “It has already moved into the construction stage and we started to lay the cables to the dyke during the summer and have commenced work on the substation.”

Regarding dredging, she said that at this stage they don’t see a need for it but that could change later on 

We’re proud that the province of Fryslân is investing in the project and will generate enough to power about 500,000 Dutch households. It’s expected to be operational by 2021,” said de Groot.