GE supplies 24 Cypress turbines to Windplanblauw project

GE Renewable Energy has been officially selected to supply 24 Cypress onshore wind turbine units for the Windplanblauw wind farm in the north-west corner of the province of Flevoland. The 132 MW wind turbine order is the first ever signed between GE and Vattenfall. The agreement also includes a 25-year full-service contract.

The Cypress 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. The turbines will operate at 5.5 MW, with a rotor diameter of 158m and blades provided by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business. The project will produce enough power to supply electricity to the equivalent of more than 130,000 households per year.

The 24 wind turbines outside the dike are part of Windplanblauw, a project by 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 are being 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.

“We are excited to join forces with GE who stood out because of their eagerness and flexibility throughout the process. We look forward to working together and making this project a success – one more step towards our goal of fossil free living within one generation.” Sandra Grauers Nillson, head of onshore Wind at Vattenfall,

Gilan Sabatier, GE’s Chief Commercial Officer of Onshore Wind International, commented: “We’re delighted to start a collaboration with Vattenfall and SwitfertwinT on this exciting project which will enable the energy transition in The Netherlands, helping the country to achieve its renewable energy targets.”

In September Vattenfall and SwifterwinT reached financial close for the nearshore part of Windplanblauw. 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.

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. Image: source: GE © Zout Fotografie (Rein Rijke)

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