Shell and Eneco are building a new offshore ecological wind farm
Energy companies Shell and Eneco have won the bid to build a new wind farm in the North Sea with partnership company Ecowende. They are taking over the sixth western part at the large Hollandse Kust wind farm, which is located more than 50 kilometers off the coast near IJmuiden. This was announced by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and Ecowende.
The wind farm will be constructed in an ecological manner, with the least possible impact on nature and marine life. Interest in biodiversity was one of the ministry’s requirements for the tender.
New foundation technologies are used for the wind farm that have as little impact as possible on soil and underwater life. Natural underwater reef structures are created to enhance the diversity of underwater life. Windmills were also placed farther away to provide space for birds.
The wind farm will have a capacity of 756 MW with 54 wind turbines. The production of this wind farm accounts for three percent of the Dutch electricity requirement, and the energy consumption of about one million households.
The wind farm should be operational in 2026. It was built without supports.
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