Westermeerwind B.V. is located in the Noordoostpolder, and was established in 1996 by Tjitte de Groot and Pieter Meulendijks, in order to develop the Westermeerwind Wind Farm in one of the most windy locations in the Netherlands. Westermeerwind B.V. has been outsourcing the entire project management of the Westermeerwind Wind Farm to Ventolines since 2007.
Ventolines is an all-round service provider in the dynamic wind energy market. Ventolines provides services for wind projects in all stages: development, financing & contracting, realisation and management. From consultancy to complete project management, from small to the largest wind projects in the Netherlands. For Westermeerwind B.V., they had final responsibility for the development, contracting and financing, and they are taking care of construction supervision and operations. For more information: www.ventolines.nl
The Noordoostpolder wind energy umbrella organisation, Stichting Koepel Windenergie Noordoostpolder (KWN) unites the initiators of the Noordoostpolder Wind Farm; Westermeerwind, NOP Agrowind and RWE. In the development phase of the wind farm, KWN acted on behalf of the three parties. From 2012, the wind farm received a green light and the partners picked up more activities on project level. The umbrella organisation still takes on overarching matters, such as: joint permits, contributions to the community and education. For more information: www.windparknoordoostpolder.nl
Siemens Wind Power provides the wind turbines and builds the Westermeerwind Wind Farm on the basis of a turn key contract. This means that they are responsible for construction and maintenance after delivery for a period of 15 years. As subcontractors of Siemens, Ballast Nedam, Van Oord and Mammoet, among others, are working on the foundation and installation of the wind turbines, and VBMS (VolkerWessels Boskalis Marine Solutions) is handling the cable works.
For more information: Siemens.com/windpower
TenneT takes care of connecting the Noordoostpolder Wind Farm to the high-voltage grid. Their switching station is complete and has gone live, ready to receive green energy from the three wind farms. The first energy supplied by the Westermeerwind Wind Farm was fed into the grid in early November.
Eneco will purchase all electricity (144 Megawatts) from the Westermeerwind Wind Farm for a period of 15 years. By doing this, Eneco can supply more customers with sustainable electricity, and Westermeerwind is ensured of a sustainable buyer. The agreement with Westermeerwind is one of the largest Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with a wind farm in the history of Eneco.