As of Wednesday the 26th of April, the tallest wind turbine in the Netherlands can be found in Eemshaven. The wind turbine has a tip height of 200 metres, making it twice as tall as Groningen’s Martini tower. The previous tallest wind turbine was two metres shorter and stood in Medemblik, Noord-Holland.
Too much wind
The wind turbine in Eemshaven was built by the Gelderland company Lagerwey Wind from Barneveld. The tower had been erected a week and a half ago, and the rotor was put in place on Wednesday. That should have happened earlier, but too much wind delayed this gigantic hoisting job of 115 tonnes. Project Leader Edward van den Heuvel had wanted to do this before, but each time there was too much wind.
Second wind turbine in the autumn
The wind turbine is expected to start running around the middle of May, when it will supply electricity to some 5,000 households. In the autumn, Lagerwey will build an equally tall second wind turbine just a little way along. That project will use a so-called climbing crane; a crane that climbs up via the tower itself, reducing costs because it does away with the need for a large crane.