Hollandse Kust Noord Gets Lloyd’s Register Project Certificate

CrossWind, a joint venture between Shell and Eneco, has received a Project Certificate from the UK-headquartered Lloyd’s Register (LR) for the 759 MW Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

LR was invited to provide an independent assessment of the project in accordance with the IECRE operational document (OD) for Wind Farm Project Certification and the Dutch Water Decree, according to the certification body.

The scope of the project certification consisted of a project design review, followed by a series of further reviews related to manufacturing, transportation and installation, and commissioning.

Under IECRE OD 502, the results from each of the abovementioned modules were assessed against relevant acceptance criteria to determine whether respective Conformity Statements could be issued.

Following a final review of the modules, a Project Certificate was awarded.

“Amongst other applicable Codes and Standards for Wind energy, as this project was primarily assessed against the clauses of IECRE OD 502, the work undertaken by CrossWind to meet its requirements places them in a privileged position to embark upon a route towards a formal IECRE Project Certificate,” Winston D’Souza, LR’s Global Technical Authority for Offshore Renewable.

Hollandse Kust Noord is located 18.5 kilometres off the coast of Egmond aan Zee and has 69 Siemens Gamesa SG 11.0-200 DD wind turbines.

The wind farm, which went into operation on 20 December 2023, is expected to produce at least 3.3 TWh of electricity, which corresponds to 2.8 per cent of the electricity demand.

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CrossWind, which describes the project as ”one of the Netherlands’ most innovative offshore wind parks”, plans to integrate floating offshore solar panels and a hydrogen plant.

With the completion of Hollandse Kust Noord, the Netherlands has achieved its target of more than 4.5 GW of offshore wind by the end of 2023.

Recently, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency opened a tender for two sites in the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone in the North Sea, each of which can house approximately 2 GW of installed offshore wind capacity.


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