Borssele III & IV delivers first electricity into the Dutch grid

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This morning, 7 August 2020, the Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm delivered the first electricity to the Dutch grid. In total, 77 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines are being installed in the wind farm. 36 of the 77 turbines are currently installed.

Borssele III & IV is located approximately 22 km off the coast of Zeeland and is a project of Blauwwind, a consortium comprising Van Oord, Eneco Group, Shell, DGE and Partners Group. The project has a total installed capacity of 731.5 MW. After further tests, Blauwwind expects that one additional turbine will become operational per day.

The first wind turbine was installed in May this year. The power generated from the turbines is collected in grid operator TenneT’s Borssele Beta offshore station where it is converted from 66 kV to 220 kV for transport to the land station. TenneT announced at the end of July that the offshore connection was ready.

“I am proud of the team that has managed the safe execution and the commissioning phase, achieving first power on time,” says Roeland Borsboom, Project Director and CEO for Blauwwind. “Keeping a project of this scale and complexity on track in these challenging times can only be managed through good collaboration and flexibility. The delivery of First Power has been achieved in close cooperation with partners Van Oord, MHI Vestas and TenneT, who has provided grid readiness one month ahead of time.”

The entire wind farm is expected to be completed in October this year. The total expected generation is 3,000 gigawatt hours per year. Shell and Eneco Group have entered into 15-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), whereby each party will purchase 50% of the electricity from the wind farm.