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Lloyds List: Work starts on € 200m offshore wind farm

Work starts on € 200m offshore wind farm
Lloyds List; Apr 21, 2006

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AFTER years in the planning the Netherlands' first offshore wind farm, Egmond aan Zee, began to become a reality as the first foundation pile was driven in, writes Helen Hill in Amsterdam.

Representing an investment of more than €200m ($234m), the wind farm, eight miles off the Dutch coast, will eventually consist of 36 turbines, with a total capacity of 108MW. They will generate enough electricity for 100,000 households.

During the first phase of the project 36 piles will be driven in and then turbines will be installed.

Materials are being brought into Ijmuiden harbour and will then be shipped out by the heavylift vessel Svanen, a floating crane belonging to Ballast Nedam.

Once the foundations are laid installation of the wind turbines will start during the summer. Work is due to be completed in the autumn.

From the end of this year the wind farm will supply the first sustainable electricity to Dutch energy company Nuon for the Netherlands market.

Electricity cables will run from the farm to a transformer station on a Corus site.

The wind farm is being developed by Noordzee Wind, a joint venture between Shell and Nuon, with actual construction carried out by Bouwcombinatie Egmond, a partnership between Ballast Nedam and Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas.

There is a comprehensive research programme designed to increase expertise for building larger wind farms further out to sea.

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