New Wind Project Opened in Amsterdam

BP’s new windpark located at its oil terminal in the port of Amsterdam was officially opened by Steve Westwell, BP Group Vice President Renewables and Mark van der Horst, alderman “Zeehavens” city of Amsterdam.

The three wind turbines are currently the largest in the Dutch market. Each is capable of generating three MW of electricity and their combined output is sufficient to power some 5,000 Dutch homes. In addition, the project will displace 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year. The Amsterdam Municipality wants to increase the number of wind turbines in Amsterdam in order to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. Currently, there are 23 wind turbines with a total power of 22 MW and plans are in place to increase the total power to 67 MW. “This is a growth of 300 percent in Amsterdam,” said Alderman Van der Horst. “Our objective is to have 38 wind turbines in the Westelijk Havengebied by 2007.” The demonstration project is a key part of BP’s wind strategy which focuses on placing wind farms on operational BP land at industrial sites. This helps BP to lower environmental impact and make good use of land already being used for industrial purposes. The company has already successfully applied this formula at its jointly owned 22.5 MW wind farm at the Nerefco refinery, near Rotterdam. BP will also continue to look at opportunities to develop similar projects on other sites as part of its overall efforts to help meet growing customer demand for cleaner energy. The turbines are supplied by Vestas, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wind turbines. They are a new kind of turbine, which, according to the company, delivers more power without having to increase the weight, and improved technology offers greater service and maintenance convenience – leading to an improved efficiency.
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