Wind farm Westermeerwind is located in the IJssellake in the Netherlands at a distance of 900-1.200 m of the coastline of the Noordoostpolder municipality. The wind farm consists of 48 Siemens 3.0 direct drive turbines with a rotor of 108 meter at a hub heigth of 95 meter.
After all permits becoming irrevocable in 2013, project developer Westermeerwind BV closed an EPC and LTP contract with Siemens. Early 2014 Westermeerwind was able to close to non-recourse financing of the project with a consortium of European financial institutions.
Recently preparations for the construction of the wind farm have commenced with the construction works of the onshore substation, consisting of two large transformers placed onshore, and HDD drillings to place the ducts for the wind farm cabling. Production of the monopiles is in progress and on site construction of the foundations and turbines will take place in 2015/2016.
In the development of the wind farm extensive attention has been paid to the impact and mitigation of impact on landscape values, ecological impact (due to the Natura 2000- status of the IJssellake) and shipping safety. A nature area has been constructed in 2012 as part of the mitigation measures. The use of this area by waterbirds is above expectation given the early stage of development. Pondera / Wind Minds was responsible for the SEA/EIA and all required permits. Currently Pondera / Wind Minds is involved in permit management during construction phase.