In 2020, Eneco won the tender for the future Maasvlakte 2 wind farm. Eneco will develop a wind farm with a capacity of over 100 megawatts on the sea defences of the Maasvlakte 2 area on behalf of Rijkswaterstaat, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management. The innovative onshore wind turbines will generate as much as 416 gigawatt hours (GWh) of green electricity as of 2023. This will provide the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, including Rijkswaterstaat, with 100% sustainable energy.
More than 400 gigawatt hours of green electricityCees de Haan
Cees de Haan, Managing Director of Eneco Wind & Solar: ‘Maasvlakte 2 is a great location to develop a new wind farm. Indeed, I am extremely proud that Eneco has been given the opportunity to build our largest onshore wind farm at this location. I am also really looking forward to working with all the parties in the region to make this a huge success. Together we are going to make excellent progress in this project towards making Rijkswaterstaat’s energy supply even more sustainable.’
Maasvlakte 2 is the perfect location for a wind farm. There are strong winds there and no houses in the vicinity. The wind turbines will be placed in the industrial area of Maasvlakte 2 on both the hard sections of the sea defences (on the side of a dike) and the soft sections of the sea defences (on the beach in front of the dunes). The overall length is about 7.5 kilometres. The new wind farm will generate 416 gigawatt hours (GWh) of green electricity, comparable to the consumption of 138,000 households. The green power will be used to provide the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management with 100% sustainable electricity. The remaining power generated by the wind farm will be used by Rijkswaterstaat to meet the energy needs of bridges, locks and offices and will also be made available to other government departments.
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100% sustainable electricity for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, including Rijkswaterstaat
Between the vessels and industrial activity on Maasvlakte 2, there is also nature. The area is popular with various species of breeding and migratory birds. Not only does the outer perimeter of the Maasvlakte serve as a seawall, but it is a popular beach among recreational users. That is why Eneco took into account the impact on nature, recreation and safety when developing this wind farm. This was meticulously researched and recorded in an Environmental Impact Report. The wind turbines will be switched off periodically to protect birds and bats.
Meanwhile, Eneco has started applying for the necessary permits and will start preparing for construction in 2022, so the wind farm will be able to supply sustainable energy for 25 years by 2023. Rijkswaterstaat will purchase all the wind farm’s green energy as of 2023.