Ferrum Wind Farm officially operational

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The three wind turbines of Ferrum Wind Farm on the Tata Steel industrial site were formally handed over this week. The turbines will produce approximately 25 GWh of green electricity annually.

Ferrum Wind Farm, located along the Reijndersweg in IJmuiden, in the municipality of Velsen, is a project of Windpark Ferrum B.V. with energy cooperative Windcollectief Noord-Holland and sustainable energy developer Infinergy as shareholders.

The three wind turbines are from Enercon, type E92, with a hub height of 85 m and a tip height of 131 m. Each wind turbine has a capacity of 2.35 MW. The project was given the green light in July 2017. Construction work started in June 2019. The turbines had entered the test phase in May this year. For an impression of the construction, see the Tata Steel video.

In July this year, Windpark Ferrum announced that it has signed a ten-year Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (CPPA) with Royal HaskoningDHV and Vattenfall. Royal HaskoningDHV purchases the power, around 4 GWh, for four of its offices directly from the turbines. Vattenfall supplies green electricity to Royal HaskoningDHV when there is insufficient wind energy.

The commissioning of the wind farm represents a milestone for the Municipality of Velsen. With the commissioning of the Ferrum wind farm, the municipality is reaching a milestone: more energy is now generated sustainably in Velsen than the Velsen households together consume.

The initiators will continue with other aspects of the project, such as setting up the area fund, which will support social and sustainable projects in the area.