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Siemens Energy has received an order for the Netherlands’ largest near shore wind farm.

Designed to generate 144MW of wind power, the Westermeerwind project with 48 direct drive wind turbines is also the first wind power plant Siemens Wind Power’s Offshore unit will erect for handover to the customer on a turnkey basis. The deal also includes 15-year full service contract. The Westermeerwind near shore wind farm is to be erected in the IJsselmeer lake along the northern and western dike of the Dutch municipality of Noordoostpolder. The 48 Siemens SWT-3.0-108 wind turbines will be arranged in three rows in the shallow waters between 500 and 1100 meters from the dike. Preparation works on site will start in summer 2014, followed by offshore installation in 2015 and commissioning between end of 2015 and early 2016. The lake's shallow waters will allow erection teams to work from special floating barges.

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