STOCKHOLM, 16-Apr-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — The newest available offshore wind power turbine (10 MW) in the North Sea will be deployed by Vattenfall and Siemens Gamesa. Together, both companies plan to install 76 powerful turbines in the Hollandse Kust Zuid 1&2 wind farm off the Dutch coast. The project involves a total of 152 wind turbines. If Vattenfall wins the tender to build Hollandse Kust Zuid 3&4, the turbines may be installed also there.
“This is a very important development for us. We are proud to have teamed up with Siemens Gamesa, the company has been a strong and reliable partner in other projects and we are happy to extend our collaboration to Hollandse Kust Zuid” comments Gunnar Groebler, Vice President and Head of Business Area Wind at Vattenfall.
These latest generation of turbines on the market, will increase the efficiency by 30%, signifying tremendous progress in the development of the offshore wind industry. Fitted with 94-metre-long blades (almost the same length as a football field), these turbines are capable of generating more capacity per rotor lap than the older, smaller turbines. The new turbines, with a capacity of 10 MW, will enable this wind farm to generate enough electricity to supply 1-1.5 million households each year.
“Due to the increased capacity, we require fewer turbines to be placed at Hollandse Kust Zuid which clearly reduces the environmental impact of this wind farm compared to earlier ones. Larger turbines and greater availability also lead to major advantages in terms of electricity generation, which is particularly important in a subsidy free environment. Having fewer turbines to install also means lower costs and fewer risks during the installation process” adds Gunnar Groebler.
Vattenfall received an irrevocable licence to build Hollandse Kust Zuid 1&2 in September 2018, the first non-subsidised wind farm in the Netherlands. Initial preparations for this wind farm are now under way and various studies have started at the North Sea wind farm site. The Hollandse Kust Zuid 1&2 wind farm is scheduled for completion in 2023.
SOURCE: Vattenfall AB