The Dutch windfarm that was the first in the offshore wind industry to go subsidy-free will use Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s latest 10-MW turbine.
Vattenfall and Siemens Gamesa are joining forces to deploy the 10-MW turbine on the Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2 windfarm off the Dutch coast, and plan to install 76 turbines.
Vattenfall said if it is also awarded the tender to build Hollandse Kust Zuid 3 & 4, the turbines may also be installed there. That project would require 152 more 10-MW units.
Vattenfall vice president and head of business area wind Gunnar Groebler said “This is a very important development for us. We are happy to extend our collaboration with Siemens Gamesa to Hollandse Kust Zuid.
“Due to the increased capacity of the turbine, we will require fewer of them at Hollandse Kust Zuid, which clearly reduces the environmental impact of this windfarm compared to earlier ones.
“Larger turbines and greater availability also lead to major advantages in terms of electricity generation, which is particularly important in a subsidy-free environment. Having fewer turbines to install also means lower costs and fewer risks during the installation process.”
Vattenfall received a licence to build Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2 in September 2018. Initial preparations for the windfarm are underway and various studies have started at the site. The windfarm is scheduled for completion in 2023.