The consortium of Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been selected by Windpark Fryslân as the preferred contractor for the construction of the Fryslân nearshore wind farm.
The wind farm will contain 89 wind turbines with a capacity of 4.3 MW each in the Frisian section of the IJsselmeer Lake, next to the Afsluitdijk dam. With a total rated power output of over 380 MW, it will give a boost to the sustainable supply of energy for the Province of Friesland. Following successful completion, Siemens Gamesa will service the wind farm for at least 16 years.
In the consortium, Van Oord is responsible for the Balance of Plant work, including the design, fabrication, and installation of the foundations and cables for the wind project. Van Oord will also supply the equipment for installing the turbines. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is responsible for the design, fabrication, and commissioning of the SWT-DD-130 wind turbines, each with an individual capacity of 4.3 MW and a 130-meter rotor diameter, and the onshore substation. Hub height of the turbines will be 109 metres, with a blade tip height of 174 metres.
A unique feature of the cooperation between the two companies is the integrated design and execution team. The consortium will cooperate with local partners and support local initiatives in order to stimulate the Frisian economy.
The nomination as preferred main contractor also includes construction of a nature conservation island next to the Afsluitdijk dam. By using soil material from the IJsselmeer Lake 2 hectares of new land and 25 hectares of sheltered shallow water will be created. The island will be used during the construction phase and will be transformed next to a nature conservation area. New natural areas will develop on the banks of the island, both above and below water. The area is designed to attract fish and birds for foraging and resting.
The final contracts for the construction are expected to be signed later this year. The entire project involves an investment amount of over EUR 500 million. Construction works will start in 2019. Fryslân nearshore wind farm is planned to be in full operation by mid 2021.