Wouda pumping station
|UNESCO World Heritage site|
|Official name||Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station)|
|Location||Tacozijl, Lemsterland, De Fryske Marren, Netherlands|
|Criteria||Cultural: (i), (ii), (iv)|
|Inscription||1998 (22nd Session)|
|Area||7.32 ha (18.1 acres)|
|Buffer zone||20.68 ha (51.1 acres)|
The D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station (ir. D.F. Woudagemaal) is a pumping station in the Netherlands, and the largest still operational steam-powered pumping station in the world. On October 7, 1920 Queen Wilhelmina opened the pumping station. It was built to pump excess water out of Friesland, a province in the north of the Netherlands.
In 1967, after running on coal for 47 years, the boilers were converted to run on heavy fuel oil. It has a pumping capacity of 4,000 m³ per minute, 1,000,000 GPM, 1,440 MGD. The pumping station is currently used to supplement the existing pumping capacity of the J.L. Hooglandgemaal in Stavoren in case of exceptionally high water levels in Friesland; this usually happens a few days per year.
-4 tandem compound, reciprocating steam engines, with poppet valves.
-8 Horizontal, Double Suction, Fabricated, Centrifugal pumps: 500 Cubic Meters per minute, 125,000 GPM, 180 MGD..
The station is open for visitors and tours are given regularly.
The pumping station is located at Tacozijl just outside Lemmer