Siemens Gamesa-Van Oord consortium to build Fryslân wind farm

6 August 2018 (Last Updated August 6th, 2018 11:42)

Dutch Windpark Fryslân has selected a consortium comprising Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and Van Oord as the preferred main contractor to build Fryslân nearshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

Dutch Windpark Fryslân has selected a consortium comprising Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and Van Oord as the preferred main contractor to build Fryslân nearshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

Located near Frisian section of the IJsselmeer Lake, the nearshore wind farm will feature 89 wind turbines with a capacity of 4.3MW each.

With more than 380MW power generation capacity, the wind farm is expected to enhance sustainable energy in the Province of Friesland.

“With more than 380MW power generation capacity, the wind farm is expected to enhance sustainable energy in the Province of Friesland.”

The Province of Friesland has set a target to generate 16% of its energy consumption from sustainable sources by 2020, and the new Fryslân nearshore wind farm will help achieve 60% of its 2020 target.

Van Oord Offshore Wind managing director Arnoud Kuis said: “Building the Fryslan nearshore wind farm is an important step forward in meeting the climate objectives, both national as for the Province of Friesland. Contributing to the energy transition is contributing to a better world for future generations. It is great to part of this.”

As part of the consortium, SGRE will design, fabricate, and commission SWT-DD-130 wind turbines, while Van Oord will supply the equipment required for installing the turbines.

Van Oord will also be responsible for executing the Balance of Plant work, which includes the design, fabrication and installation of the foundations and cables for the wind project.

The project will be built with an investment of more than €500m and construction works are expected to begin next year. The farm will be fully operational by mid-2021.

Upon completion of the wind farm, SGRE has also agreed to service the wind farm for a period of at least 16 years.

Additionally, the consortium will cooperate with local partners and support local initiatives in order to stimulate the Frisian economy.

The final contracts for the construction are expected to be signed later this year.