Netherlands plans big offshore wind farm

Cabinet approves proposal for "world's largest" offshore wind project, for commissioning in 2003

The Dutch cabinet today approved a plan for what is claimed to be the world's largest offshore wind farm, to be built 8km from the country's western coast. Due to be in operation by 2003, the approximately 100MW capacity array of turbines is intended to yield more technical, economic and environmental knowledge leading to construction of further offshore wind farms in future.

As part of its plan to comply with its international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6% between 1990 and 2008-2012, the Dutch government has set a target of building 1250MW capacity of offshore wind power by 2020. The national environment and energy agency Novem has suggested that the technical potential for offshore wind for the Netherlands is 4-6000MW.

The plan, which must be approved by the Dutch parliament, involves installing 50 to 70 turbines, each of 1.5-2MW capacity. The government is pledged to pay up to euros 27m (DFL 12.25m) of the expected total cost of euros 181m.

Follow Up:
Dutch economics ministry, tel: +31 70 379 8911; Novem, tel: +31 30 239 3401.

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