Dutch minister opens 144-MW Westermeerwind offshore wind farm
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The 144-MW Westermeerwind wind farm in Dutch waters was officially opened on Tuesday by the minister of economic affairs Henk Kamp and the project initiators, Tjitte de Groot and Peter Meulendijks.
The offshore wind park is capable of generating enough power to cover the annual consumption of some 160,000 homes. About 99% of the output is bought via Eneco by the Dutch Railways.
German industrial major Siemens (FRA:SIE) built the wind park as the main contractor and will also maintain the facility for at least 15 years. It installed 48 of its wind turbines as part of the scheme.
The Westermeerwind facility is part of a larger complex, called Noordoostpolder Wind Farm, which consists of 86 wind turbines erected both in the water and on land along the dikes of the IJsselmeer freshwater lake.