VolkerWind wins BoP contract for Energiepark Pottendijk

VolkerWind has been commissioned by Royal Dutch Shell to design and realise the Balance of Plant for the wind farm which is part of Energiepark Pottendijk. Shell is constructing this energy park near Emmen to generate electricity from wind and sun.

The Balance of Plant (BoP) contract, consists of the (temporary) construction roads, crane hardstands, the complete (park) cabling, the purchasing station and the foundations for the fourteen wind turbines that will be built in the energy park.

The VolkerWind project team is currently busy with the design and preparatory work. In November, VolkerWind will start with the preparations for the construction of the wind turbines, including the earthworks and the construction of the roads. VolkerWind hopes to start with the construction of the foundations at the beginning of next year. On behalf of VolkerWind, Van Hattum en Blankevoort, KWS Infra and Visser & Smit Hanab are working together on this project.

Recently the turbine supply contract was confirmed. Nordex will supply fourteen N131/3600 wind turbines. They each have a 84-metre hub height and a tip height of 149.5 metres. With average wind speeds at the location of 6.6 m/s and thanks to the large turbine rotors, it will generate approximately 130 Gwh of clean electricity annually. The wind farm is Royal Dutch Shell’s first onshore wind farm in Europe.

Energiepark Pottendijk

Energiepark Pottendijk is located northeast of Emmen, between Nieuw-Weerdinge and Emmer-Compascuum, in the province of Drenthe. It is a project by Royal Dutch Shell. In addition to the wind turbines, 90,000 solar panels will be installed in an area covering 35 hectares. The wind farm will have a capacity of 50.4 MW and the solar park a capacity of 50 MW. The energy park will generate a total of up to 170 GWh of electricity annually. Source: VolkerWind Image © Nordex SE Hamburg

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