The £335M Westermeerwind wind farm project in the north east of the Netherlands has started operation.
Built on a freshwater lake, the project will generate 144MW from 48 Siemens SWT-3.0-108 direct drive wind turbines.
This amounts to 500Gwh of renewable electricity each year – enough to power approximately 160,000 households.
Westermeerwind is one element in the Windpark Noordoostpolder scheme, which comprises three separate wind farms. The scheme will place 86 turbines on land and water.
Mott Macdonald has served as technical advisor on the scheme.
Mott MacDonald’s project director Christos Kolliatsas said: “Although our involvement with Westermeerwind dates back six years, the project was actually first conceived over 20 years ago. After starting with their own single wind turbines, two local farmers worked together for 21 years with the dream of creating the project on the freshwater Ijsselmeer lake. Their hard work and dedication has paid off with the successful implementation and opening of the wind farm.”