A consortium of banks headed by ING and Rabobank as structuring banks will be funding Wind Farm Westermeerwind in Noordoostpolder. In addition to ING and Rabobank , ASN Bank and Triodos Bank are also providing funds, part of which is guaranteed by EKF, Denmark’s export credit agency. The total funding involves a sum of approximately EUR 320m. Managing Director Anne de Groot of Westermeerwind: “We are happy to reach this milestone together with the Dutch banks, Danish EKF, Siemens and Eneco. Thanks to the persistence and dedication of the initiators of this windfarm, now, after 18 years after plans were devised, Holland’s largest near-shore windfarm can be build’.
Siemens will develop the largest near-shore wind farm in the Netherlands based on a turnkey agreement and will operate the wind farm for a minimum term of fifteen years. Several Dutch companies will contribute to the project as subcontractors, including Ballast Nedam and Mammoet for foundations and installation of the windmills, and VSMC (Visser & Smit Marine Contracting) for the cabling to the electrical substation. The Dutch utility Eneco will purchase electricity from the wind farm for fifteen years, and supply is due to start towards the end of 2015. Ventolines, who since 2007 managed the development stage, will also be responsible for project management during the construction and asset management stage on behalf of the initiators of the project.
48 Wind turbines of 3 MW each
Wind farm Westermeerwind will be constructed in the IJsselmeer waters along the Noordoostpolder dikes. The farm is to comprise 48 wind turbines of 3 MW each – forming two rows along Westermeerdijk and one row along Noordermeerdijk – plus an electricalsubstation on land. Total investment will be over EUR 400m. The wind farm will produce well over 500 GWh of sustainable electricity, enough to supply 160,000 households. Wind Farm Westermeerwind is the near-shore part of Wind Farm Noordoostpolder. Wind Farm Noordoostpolder consists of three separate wind farms totalling 86 wind turbines on water and on land, i.e. Windpark Westermeerwind [ 144 MW ], NOP Agrowind [ 195 MW ] and RWE Essent [30 MW].
Pondera Consult was responsible, as planning consultant, for the SIA/EIA and all permits for the wind farm. Pondera Consult assisted also in the process of financing and is involved in permit management during and after construction.
The EIA and environmental impact report with environmental impact assessment for one of the largest wind parks in the Netherlands has been completed. Pondera Consult has, at the request of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and Initiator Windkracht Wieringermeer, charted the effects of Wind Park Wieringermeer on themes like noise, shadows cast, flora and fauna, archaeology, water and ground, landscape and electricity yield. A report of these findings has been included in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
You can find the EIA and environmental impact report with environmental impact assessment at http://www.rvo.nl/subsidies-regelingen/windparken.
The new wind park will:
- Get rid of stand-alone wind turbines dotted across the landscape in favour of grouped ones
- Yield more energy in comparison to the old groups used by Nuon power company
- Expand ECN’s wind turbine test park
- Aid in the realisation of a polder mill belonging to and for the community of Wieringermeer.
This project is subject to a federal coordination arrangement. The minister for Economic Affairs will handle the coordination. This means that the ministers of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure and the Environment will make a national decision about the integration of the wind park. This is known as the integration plan. The EIR has been created for this plan and the necessary permits.
Current state of affairs
The preliminary integration plan has been presented to the appropriate authorities and organisations for consultation. The preliminary plan is a concept of the actual integration plan. This document has been made public as a means of maintaining transparency. However, this plan does not have a formal status and this phase does not include an inquiry procedure. The inquiry procedure will probably take place later this year.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs has asked consulting and engineering agency Grontmij and Pondera Consult to create an Environmental Impact Assessment and Appropriate Assessment for the allocation of plots in the offshore wind energy area Borssele. This is the first offshore wind energy project which is being carried out in accordance with the new bill for “Wind Energy at Sea”.
The “Wind Energy at Sea” bill makes it easier to accelerate and develop wind energy at sea by making permits more flexible. A “plot decree” determines where and under what conditions a wind park can be built without making any demands of the techniques selected. The plot decree integrates soil testing and tests for various nature aspects. A tender with permit and subsidy allocation will follow after the plot decree.
A large majority in Goeree-Overflakkee’s council voted for the adjusted ‘partial revision of the regional spatial development plan Goeree-Overflakkee Wind Energy’ on Thursday 19 June 2014 (http://www.goeree-overflakkee.nl/portal/nieuws_3813/item/structuurvisie-windenergie-vastgesteld_50237.html).
The spatial development plan includes information about placement areas for wind energy. These locations are based, in part, on the plan EIA and environmental impact report with environmental impact assessment created by Pondera Consult in consultation with Bureau Waardenburg and H+N+S.
The municipality has included the following placement areas in the spatial development plan: Noordrand, Polder Van Pallandt, Anna Wilhelminapolder, Piet de Wit and Battenoert. Two others locations, outside these areas, have also been allocated as they already house wind turbines or have received permission for their construction. These locations, Herkingen and Hellegatsplein, retain their status.
This is the starting point for the next phase in which initiators will develop plans and collect more detailed environmental information for changing the zoning plan and for requesting the necessary permits for their wind energy projects.
Provincial spatial development plan
The plan EIA and environmental impact report with environmental impact assessment Wind Energy Goeree-Overflakkee is also an important part of the basis for the adjustment of the provincial spatial development plan when it comes to wind energy. The wind energy locations on Goeree-Overflakkee will be included in the Vision for Space and Mobility. These plans will be probably be decided on by the Provincial States on 9 July 2014.