SwifterwinT and Vattenfall have given the green light for the construction of 24 wind turbines in the IJsselmeer in the north-west corner of the province of Flevoland. They are part of the Windplanblauw wind energy project. Work will commence in early 2022.
The wind turbines will be placed in two rows in the IJsselmeer lake, just outside a dyke. They replace the 28 wind turbines in Vattenfall’s current Irene Vorrink wind farm. Ballast Nedam is responsible for the design and realisation of the cofferdam structures for the turbine foundations, the park cabling and the connection to the substation. Mammoet is jointly responsible for the transport and installation of the turbines. The design work is already in full swing and work on the project site will start in March 2022.
“Windplanblauw is an important project for Ballast Nedam, because it makes us a concrete part of the energy transition. This is a good match, because we are specialised in the design and construction of wind turbine foundations and park cabling. We do this in particular at ‘nearshore’ locations that are located in places that are difficult to access, have a complex foundation or are in the surf near a beach. These projects require a fine piece of craftsmanship, for which we can fall back on our many years of knowledge and experience.”Ronald de Geus, Managing Director Ballast Nedam Infra Projects
The wind turbines outside the dike are part of Windplanblauw. The initiators are Vattenfall and SwifterwinT, a unique, local initiative of more than 170 agricultural entrepreneurs, residents and turbine owners from the project area of Windplanblauw. It concerns a repowering project in the municipalities of Dronten and Lelystad, where 74 wind turbines will be replaced by 61 larger turbines, with more power. Of these, 37 will be on land and 24 in the IJsselmeer. Work on the onshore turbines started at the beginning of this year.
Windplanblauw is expected to be operational in the last quarter of 2023. The 61 new wind turbines have a joint installed capacity of over 335 MW.