Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal

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Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal
Woudagemaal 1.jpg
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Tacozijl, Lemsterland, De Fryske Marren, Netherlands Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates 52°50′45″N 5°40′44″E / 52.8458°N 5.6789°E / 52.8458; 5.6789
  • Schoorsteen Woudagemaal
Criteria Cultural: (i), (ii), (iv) Edit this on Wikidata
Reference 867
Inscription 1998 (22nd Session)
Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal is located in Netherlands
Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal
Location of Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal

The 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. 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..

Since 1998 the ir. D.F. Woudagemaal has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

The station is open for visitors and tours are given regularly.


The pumping station is located at Tacozijl just outside Lemmer

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