Dutch wind farm due for decommissioning

Decommissioning of the Irene Vorrink offshore wind farm is planned for later this year and the site will be repowered as part of Windplanblauw.

Located in the Lake IJsselmeer, Netherlands, the
Irene Vorrink wind farm has been operational since 1997 and is owned and operated by Vattenfall. The 16.8 MW project features 28 turbines which stand in a long row, close to the shore, in an average water depth of 5 metres.

The site is due to be repowered as part of the Windplanblauw project which is being jointly developed by Vattenfall and SwifterwinT, a partnership of local wind associations.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the province of Flevoland, the municipality of Dronten, the municipality of Lelystad, Vereniging SwifterwinT and Nuon Wind Development BV signed a letter of intent on 7th October 2016 with the aim of creating a plan for the development of a new wind farm and the replacement of the current turbines in northwestern Flevoland.

In total 74 older turbines (28 of which are from
Irene Vorrink) will be replaced with 61 new and more powerful ones. SwifterwinT will develop the onshore turbines and Vattenfall and SwifterwinT will develop the nearshore turbines together. The project is expected to yield 250 MW.

In January 2021, Windplanblauw started removing the first onshore wind turbines. The Irene Vorrink offshore wind turbines will be removed later this year. Operations are due to start from 2023.

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