March 22 (Renewables Now) - Windpark Fryslân BV has signed a conditional deal with the so-called Zuiderzeewind consortium of Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) for the construction of the 380-MW-plus nearshore wind park of the same name.
The Fryslân wind park will be built in the Frisian part of the IJsselmeer freshwater lake in the Netherlands.
As announced in August 2018 when this pair was chosen as a preferred contractor, Van Oord will design, manufacture and install the foundations and cables for the wind farm and will also deliver the equipment to install the turbines. At the same time, Siemens Gamesa will supply and commission 89 units of its SWT-DD-130 turbines for the project. It will also take care of the work on the onshore substation.
Dutch offshore contractor Van Oord said in a statement that the final investment decision on the project is expected in the third quarter of the year. Completion is scheduled for 2021 and Zuiderzeewind will service the plant for at least 16 years thereafter.
Van Oord noted that the project also includes the creation of a nature reserve island south of the Afsluitdijk, which can serve as a work platform during construction. At the same time, it will be developed into a bird sanctuary.