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|Location||IJsselmeer, North East Polder, Flevoland|
|Construction cost||1 billion Euro|
|Owner(s)||Koepel Windenergie Nordoostpolder|
|Site area||8 km2 (3.1 sq mi)|
|Max. water depth||3–6 m (10–20 ft)|
|Distance from shore||0.5 km (0.3 mi)|
|Units operational||48 x 3.0-108 MW (near-shore)
38 x 7.58 MW (onshore)
|Make and model||Siemens Wind Power: Siemens SWT-3.6
Enercon: Enercon E-126
|Nameplate capacity||429 MW|
Windpark Noordoostpolder is an onshore and near-shore wind farm under construction in Flevoland, the Netherlands. Upon completion it will be the largest wind farm in the Netherlands. Owner-operators are members of the Koepel Windenergie Noordoostpolder, a partnership of more than 100 agricultural entrepreneurs from the North East Polder (Noordoostpolder) and energy company RWE/Essent.
The Netherlands government gave its final approval for the project on 6 January 2011. The following year (8 February 2012), a ruling by the Council of State on an appeal brought before them by opponents of the wind park confirmed the government decision. Construction of access roads began in May 2012, and power grid operator TenneT began in June 2012 with expansion of the 110 kV transport network in order to connect the wind farm.
The wind farm will be located along the dikes of the IJsselmeer on the western side of the North East Polder. A total of 86 wind turbines will be erected; 48 will be sited near-shore (Siemens, 3.6 MW) and 38 onshore (Enercon E-126, 7.58 MW), for a combined generating capacity of approximately 450 megawatts.
The wind farm will produce 1.4 TWh of electricity annually, enough to provide electricity to over 400,000 households. This is roughly the number of households in the two adjacent provinces of Flevoland and Friesland.
There are currently 50 wind turbines along the Westermeerdijk and 5 wind turbines on and near the Zuidermeerdijk. The new wind farm will generate significantly more energy than the current wind farm, thanks to improved wind turbine technology. One new onshore wind turbine provides as much electricity as the current 50 wind turbines put together. It is planned to dismantle the existing wind turbines once the new farm is constructed.
The Westermeerwind wind farm is a near-shore facility off the coast of the municipality of Noordoostpolder. A total of 48 wind turbines of type Siemens STW-3.0-108 (capacity of 3 MW) will be built in water depths of 3–7 meters. The combined capacity of the turbines is 144 MW. Construction of the offshore work will begin in 2015, with commissioning carried out in two phases in 2015 and 2016.
The majority of the onshore wind turbines are operated by NOP Agrowind. There will be a total of 26 wind turbines of type Enercon E-126, which have a nominal output of 7.5 MW each. The combined capacity of the turbines is 195 MW. Each turbine is next to the Western-sea-dike (Dutch: Westermeerdijk) and the Northern-sea-dike (Dutch: Noordermeerdijk) in close proximity to the near-shore turbines. The first turbine was commissioned in August 2014; the completion of the wind farm is to take place in 2016.
The Zuiderwester wind farm uses 12 Enercon E-126 turbines with a combined capacity of 90 MW. As in the northern parts of the Noordoostpolder the turbines are right next to the dike. The operator of the wind farm is RWE. The first turbines will be installed in 2015 and Zuidwester will come on stream in 2017.
- Homepage of the project, see also administrative procedures
- Government site with approved plans (Dutch)
- Westermeerwind Wind Farm, Netherlands, Power Technology, retrieved 12 September 2014
- Enercon baut am 200-MW-Windpark in Holland. IWR, 1 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- Enercon to supply 90MW Dutch project. Windpower Monthly, 27 May 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- RWE/Essent start bouw windpark Zuidwester, Essent, 26 may 2014
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