September 29 (Renewables Now) - Vattenfall AB has increased its share of the Wieringermeer wind farm in the Netherlands and will own 82 turbines with a capacity of 295 MW of the soon-to-be-repowered facility.
The Swedish state-owned energy group said today it has acquired 32 turbines in the 100-turbine project, adding to the 50 it already owns. The additional turbines were taken over from members of a joint venture between ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands), Nuon and partners, and Windcollectief Wieringermeer. The joint venture built the original 93-turbine wind farm.
In the repowered wind park, ECN will own 17 turbines and one wind turbine will be made available for local residents, Vattenfall said.
The new wind farm is expected to be generating electricity in 2019. Preparations for the construction have started and the old Nuon wind turbines have already been removed. Netherlands-based energy company Nuon is part of Vattenfall.
"The Netherlands are an important market for us and the acquisition strongly supports our strategic goal to be fossil-free within one generation," said Gunnar Groebler, head of Vattenfalls' wind business.