Swedish utility Vattenfall has inaugurated the 122MW Zuidlob wind farm located in the southern part of the province of Flevoland, the Netherlands. The company has changed the name of the project to the Princess Alexia wind farm.
The project, which was built with an investment of SEK1.4bn ($214.6m), features 36 REpower turbines and will generate enough electricity to power 88,000 households annually.
In October 2011, REpower won a contract from Zuidlob Wind, owned by Nuon, part of Swedish Vattenfall, to supply its 3.4M104 type wind turbines, which have a hub height of 98m and a nominal output of 3.4MW each.
Vattenfall, which acquired the project in October 2011, commenced construction on the project at the end of 2011 and completed it in only 17 months, on schedule and in budget.
A total of 63 landowners in Zuidlob conceptualised the proposed wind farm back in 1998, but the plan became a reality when the local authority, the provincial government and the landowners established a pilot project called Zuidlob.
Then Nuon and Zuidlob accorded a partnership agreement for the construction of the project in 2008, while Windhoist was assigned the target to erect wind turbines at the project.
Vattenfall’s 24 onshore wind farms in the Netherlands currently accounts for 15% of the total wind energy generated in the country that is enough electricity to power 200,000 households.
Having invested SEK40bn ($6bn) in wind energy during the last six years, Vattenfall plans to invest in four more facilities in Europe.
Vattenfall head of sustainable energy projects Peter Smink said that the project was commissioned in only 17 months, on schedule and in budget, which would help the company in reaching its renewable energy and financial goals.
Image: Zuidlob wind farm in Netherlands features 36 Repower turbines. Photo: courtesy of Vattenfall.