Eneco Luchterduinen Wind Farm
To generate wind energy, Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) realised the Eneco Luchterduinen Wind Farm 23 kilometres off the coast of Noordwijk and Zandvoort. This is an advanced offshore wind turbine farm for which we also tested innovative foundations and installation technologies in the field. In this way, we are giving fresh impetus to the development of the offshore sector and helping to significantly reduce the cost of offshore wind energy.
The offshore wind turbine farm has been operational since 2015. The amount of green electricity jointly generated by the 43 wind turbines is equivalent to the annual consumption of 150,000 households. Purchasers of the wind energy generated by Eneco Luchterduinen include TU Delft, NS, KPN and Qurios. The realisation of the wind farm has increased Dutch offshore wind energy by 56%.
Around 2 million man hours were spent on designing and installing the wind farm. An estimated 560 employees from Mitsubishi Corporation, Eneco, Ecofys, Van Oord, Vestas, Joulz, Tennet and various consultancy firms worked on the project. The main contractor for the wind farm was Van Oord.
Offshore, 50 ships were deployed, including Van Oord’s offshore installation ship Aeolus, cable-laying ships, rock-dumping vehicles, tugboats and the crane ship Rambiz. The wind farm was well within budget and was delivered three months earlier than planned.
"The commitment to sustainability, which is one of the central tenets of MC's interim review of the 2012 Corporate Strategy, is an important driver behind MC's interest in Eneco's offshore wind energy projects. It is one of the main reasons why MC sees this strategic cooperation as an excellent opportunity to put its green philosophy into practice by developing special projects such as Eneco Luchterduinen."
Nobuaki Kojima, Executive Vice President, Global Environment & Infrastructure Business Development Group Director of Mitsubishi Corporation
To find our more about the possible effects of our wind farm on marine life in the area, a Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (MEP) is being conducted for the Eneco Luchterduinen wind farm. This programme started one year before the construction activities began in 2013.
Most of the studies have now been completed and have produced plenty of useful new information.