Foundation finish line for Windpark Fryslân

In: Windfarms
23/12/2020

Offshore construction is progressing at
Windpark Fryslân, with all 89 monopile foundations installed. Located in the IJsselmeer, near Breezanddijk, it will be the world's largest wind farm to be built in an inland waterway.

Monopile installation started in September. Due to the shallows in the IJsselmeer and the width of the locks, it is not possible to work with standard offshore wind equipment. Balance of Plant contractor Van Oord has built a unique work platform, the size of half a football field, called the Sarens Soccer Pitch, with a large crane to install the monopiles and turbines.

Installation of the 89 wind turbines will start in the spring of 2021, and the wind farm will be operational in the summer of 2021. The project will feature 89 Siemens Gamesa
SWT-DD-130 turbines, each with a 4.3 MW capacity and 180 metres high.

Once the project is built, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will be responsible for its maintenance and management for 16 years. With a capacity of 382.7 MW,
Windpark Fryslân will provide sufficient energy for approximately 500,000 households. Eneco has signed a 15-year PPA for the 1,500 GWh/year wind farm. In their contract, Eneco and Windpark Fryslân have agreed that large consumers of energy in the province of Fryslân will also have the option of purchasing sustainable energy from the wind farm.

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