Turbine installation has commenced at the Fryslân near-shore windfarm on the IJsselmeer in the Netherlands
Between now and June 2021, 89 turbines are due to be installed. When all of the turbines are connected, they will produce about 1.5 terawatt-hours of electricity per year, equivalent to the energy consumption of approximately 500,000 Dutch households. The Fryslân windfarm will also provide approximately 75% of the province’s planned wind energy capacity.
Work on the near-shore windfarm has continued despite the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, with 55 km of cable laid on shore and 92 km in the Ijsselmeer.
All 89 foundations have been installed and work has been undertaken on the substation at Breezanddijk and creating an island and nature reserve at Kornwerderzand.
Frisian companies have been actively involved in constructing the windfarm and will be involved in its management and maintenance.
The windfarm is being built in the Frisian part of the IJsselmeer at Breezanddijk by the Zuiderzeewind consortium which includes Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa. It is due to produce first power mid-2021.
Contractor Van Oord began installing the foundations in September 2020. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is providing the SWT-DD-130 turbines, which have a capacity of 4.3 MW.
The tower sections and the nacelle are shipped to the IJsselmeer via Amsterdam and the rotor blades are assembled at Oude Zeug.
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