Generating around 435GWhs of electricity yearly the Princess Amalia Wind farm - the world's first project financed offshore wind farm - helps reduce the Netherlands’ dependency on fossil fuels imports, avoiding 225,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
The Princess Amalia wind farm (formerly known as Q7) is located in block Q7 of the Dutch Continental Shelf. Q7 is located 23km from the shore where the water is 19 to 24 metres deep. This makes the Princess Amalia Wind Farm the first offshore wind farm to be constructed in such deep waters and at such a distance from the shore (beyond the 12-mile limit). The depth and distance were chosen to minimise impact on migrating birds as well as to help keep the wind farm invisible from the Dutch coast.
Mott MacDonald’s appointment on the project started in 2005 during the pre-financial stage as Lender's Engineer for Rabobank, Dexia and EKF. Following successful financing of the project, we were re-appointed to monitor the construction phase.
The wind park has an overall capacity of 120MW, comprising 60 Vestas V80 2MW wind turbines. The rotor weighs 37 tons and has a diameter of 80m. This project posed major technical challenges being the furthest offshore and in the deepest water. Together with our colleagues from James Ingram & Associates, we played a significant role in seeking appropriate solutions, giving us the opportunity to demonstrate our unique combination of marine, wind and project finance expertise.
Operational since June 2008, the Princess Amalia Wind farm generates enough power to supply 125,000 Dutch homes in one year. It has set precedence for new offshore farm developments, contributing to sustainability in the future.