Siemens Gamesa, Van Oord awarded €500mn Dutch wind farm contract
Spanish wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa has been awarded a €500mn wind farm contract in the Netherlands, in partnership with Dutch marine contractor Van Oord.
The wind farm, which is to be built on Ijselmeer lake, will have a capacity of 380MW. It will consist of 89 turbines and, by 2021, is expected to be able to power around 30,000 households.
Siemens Gamesa will design and supply the turbines as well as servicing the wind farm for at least 16 years, while Van Oord will deliver the foundations and cables for the project. Construction is to begin in 2019.
According to Reuters, the Netherlands aims to increase renewable energy production and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 49% by 2030.
This will involve wind farms being constructed with a total capacity of 3500 MW in the Dutch part of the North Sea by 2023 as well as an overall increase in wind, solar and biomass plants across the country.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.