Vattenfall to redevelop one of the largest wind farms in the Netherlands
Published: 31 Oct 2017 By Matt Cook
The Swedish power company Vattenfall has recently announced it will invest over 200 million Euros to reactivate and expand the Wieringermeer onshore wind farm in the Netherlands. This site is the largest wind industry investment made by Vattenfall in the Netherlands. Vattenfall is one of the leaders in wind power development and operation worldwide. The business operates extensively across Europe with major wind turbines located in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.
The Wieringermeer wind farm is one of the largest onshore wind farm located in the Netherlands, nearly three times the size of the Princess Alexia wind farm which commenced operation back in 2013. In comparison to offshore wind farms, the site at Wieringermeer will be massive, exceeding energy outputs at well established offshore sites such as the Dan Tysk wind farm.
Vattenfall plans to replace older wind turbine with new, efficient technology and to increase overall capacity to 180MW by 2019. Vattenfall has also acquired additional land space for the Wieringermeer extension which will give an additional capacity of over 100MW.
Magnus Hall, the President, and CEO of Vattenfall believes the regeneration of the Wieringermeer onshore wind farm is an effective step in their business targets to expand their portfolio within the wind market and contribute towards their overall strategy of providing fossil-free renewable energy.
By 2020, it is expected that the Wieringermeer site will exceed a total capacity of nearly 300MW and generate the equivalent amount of electricity to meet the demands of nearly ¼ million households.
The business team at Vattenfall believes the Netherlands renewable market is particularly important for developing their wind, solar and battery technology. Vattenfall believes the success of regenerating the Wieringermeer wind site will highlight the potential and ability to repower and transform many other onshore wind farms in the Netherlands.
The Wieringermeer wind farm will be constructed and maintained by Nuon, a Dutch-based subsidiary of Vattenfall.
Vattenfall is one of the leaders in wind power development and operation worldwide. The business operates extensively across Europe with major wind turbines located in Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and the UK. Vattenfall’s installed capacity in wind power in the Netherlands amounts to nearly 350 MW, with approximately 70% of this being accounted for by onshore wind projects. Find out more information on the latest wind turbine jobs in Europe.