Vestas and OutSmart to operate Egmond aan Zee wind farm

In: Windfarms
NoordzeeWind has selected the Vestas and OutSmart to operate and maintain the Egmond aan Zee offshore wind farm, off the Dutch coast.

The project was built in 2006 and is the first Dutch offshore wind farm. It is located between 10 and 18 kilometres off the coast at Egmond aan Zee, and consists of 36
Vestas V90-3.0 MW turbines and has a total capacity of 108 MW.

"We are proud to have Vestas and Outsmart as our partners. We need as much wind power as possible for our companies and society - that's what Vestas, OutSmart and NoordzeeWind will focus on in the coming years,"
says Mark Workum, Managing Director of NoordzeeWind. "The lessons we learn will undoubtedly be useful for other offshore wind farms as they enter the latter phase of their lifecycles. After all, offshore wind plays an important role in the energy transition."

Thorben Heuing, Head of After Sales Offshore at Vestas, said about the project: “Vestas originally installed the V90-3.0 MW turbines at the Egmond aan Zee wind farm, serviced the project from 2006 to 2016, and has been working on Egmond aan Zee again since 2020. We’re pleased to now have won the competitive process for service solutions, and are delighted to be working with NoordzeeWind. We will maintain service, providing turbine troubleshooting and replacement of components where necessary. We will do so under a full-service agreement, based out of our long-term hub in IJmuiden, which has the technical service expertise needed to service Egmond aan Zee through its lifetime.”

OutSmart will ensure that the wind farm can continue to be operated profitably in its final years.

Femmy Wervers, Managing Director of OutSmart, said: "OutSmart is proud to be chosen by NoordzeeWind as independent operator of offshore wind farm Egmond aan Zee. We will do the day-to-day operations of this project. It is our responsibility to ensure HSSE, Legal & Regulatory compliance, smooth operation of the wind farm, reacting timely on failures and to ensure contract compliance and coordination with third parties. OutSmart's operations team is working 24/7 to take care of Egmond aan Zee, while operational asset availability will be ensured in our Operations Control Centre (OCC) in Emden, Germany and operational asset management in our office in Arnhem, the Netherlands."

announced in March 2021 that it had taken 100% ownership of NoordzeeWind, and thus of Egmond aan Zee.

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