Installation of the final wind turbines at the Netherlands’ Hollandse Kust Zuid 1.5 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind farm is nearly complete.
Hollandse Kust Zuid is located 18-35 kilometers (11-22 miles) off the Dutch coast in the North Sea. It’s jointly owned by Vattenfall, BASF, and Allianz.
On June 2, Vattenfall posted on social media that the last turbine components had been loaded onto wind installation vessel Wind Ospreyand they’ve now arrived at the site.
The offshore wind farm consists of 140 Siemens Gamesa 11.0-200 DD wind turbines – the largest-ever turbines to be installed at scale. They have a rotor diameter of 200 meters (656 feet) and a swept area of 31,400 square meters (337,987 square feet).
Not only will Hollandse Kust Zuid become the world’s largest offshore wind farm – stealing the title from the UK’s 1.3 GW Hornsea 2 – it’s also the world’s first offshore wind farm to be built without subsidy.
Hollandse Kust Zuid will have a renewable electricity output equivalent to the annual consumption of an astounding 1.5 million Dutch households. It’s expected to come online this summer.
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