Vattenfall has decided to invest more than EUR 200 million to repower and expand its Wieringermeer onshore wind farm in the Netherlands – the largest wind investment to date for Vattenfall in the Netherlands.
The company will replace older wind turbines with updated technology for a capacity of 180 MW by 2019. Moreover, Vattenfall has acquired the adjacent Wieringermeer extension with an additional capacity of 115 MW.
“The Wieringermeer onshore wind farm is another step in our ambition to expand our wind-power portfolio, underlining our strategic ambition to become fossil-free within one generation. With this wind farm we will be able to supply companies and consumers in the Netherlands with even more clean renewable energy,” said Magnus Hall, Vattenfall’s President and CEO.
Wieringermeer will in 2020 reach a total capacity of 295 MW and a power generation of around 1 TWh (terawatt hours), equivalent to the electricity consumption of approximately 250,000 households.
“The Netherlands is an important market for Vattenfall and particularly for our wind, solar, and battery activities. Thanks to the hard and dedicated work of our team and the trustful cooperation with the political and local stakeholders, the Wieringermeer project underlines our competence in repowering and can now be transformed into our most modern onshore wind farm in the Netherlands,” said Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall Business Area Wind.
Wieringermeer will be built and operated by Vattenfall’s Dutch subsidiary Nuon.
Vattenfall’s currently installed capacity in wind power in the Netherlands amounts to 349 MW, out of which 241 MW onshore and 108 MW offshore.