E-Connection, a Dutch wind project developer with more than 30 years of experience in developing, realising and managing complex wind energy projects, has placed an order with Vestas for 11 turbines totaling 46 MW.
Courtesy of Vestas
The order is for the first phase of the wind project Oosterscheldekering Wind Optimisation that consists of the four wind parks Binnenhaven, Roggeplaat-West, Noordland Buiten and Vluchthaven, located directly on the waterfront on a storm surge barrier in the Zeeland province in the southwest of the Netherlands.
Vestas has developed a wind energy solution customised to the sites’ high wind conditions with average windspeeds of more than 9 m/s at hub height. The project is a mix of new turbines and turbines that replace older turbine types and in total it features nine V136-4.2 MW turbines and two V117-4.2 MW turbines with site-specific towers, combined with a 15-year Active Output Management (AOM 4000) service contract to optimise annual energy production and offer competitive levelised cost of energy.
At Noordland Buiten and Vluchthaven wind parks the current five V90-3.0 MW turbines will be replaced by five V136-4.2 MW turbines which will significantly improve the sites’ annual energy production due to the more efficient turbines. The Binnenhaven and Roggeplaat-West wind parks will feature four V136-4.2 MW turbines and two V117-4.2 MW turbines respectively.
“We appreciate partnering with a supportive partner like Vestas and collaborating with the province, municipalities, Rijkswaterstaat and environmental organisations” said Rick Wasser, Director of E-Connection states. “We are looking forward to commissioning phase one of this complex project in summer 2021, signifying a great step for the renewable power supply of the region. Collectively, from spring 2022, the turbines will generate as much wind power as 60,000 households in the Netherlands use annually”.
Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe, added that the order comes from Vestas valued customer E-Connection, with whom the company has had a productive partnership for about 15 years in the Netherlands and that the project re-enforces the success of the V136-4.2 MW turbine for the Dutch market being installed at the sea defense walls at the North Sea in one of the country’s best wind locations. Mr de Baar said that it emphasises the capability of Vestsas to provide customised wind energy solutions for complex projects that significantly contribute to achieving the sustainable energy goals of the Netherlands while at the same time creating maximum value for the company’s customer’s business case.
The four wind parks will feature a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution, lowering turbine downtime and thus optimising the energy output. The contract further includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as 15-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement.
Deliveries are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2021 and commissioning is planned for the same quarter.