Verkerk (VINCI Energies) to deliver building-related installations for the transformer station of the Hollandse Kust wind farm

The Civil Engineering department of BAM Infra Netherlands has awarded Verkerk the contract for the building-related installations for a transformer station for TenneT’s Hollandse Kust (noord) and (west Alpha) wind farm. Construction started on 1 March 2021; the wind farm Hollandse Kust (noord) will supply its first electricity to the transformer station by the end of 2023.

Meeting the climate targets by means of wind energy
In the Energy Agreement it has been agreed that 16% of the Dutch energy supply must come from sustainable energy sources by 2023. To meet that target, the Netherlands needs to generate more wind energy. The Borssele, Hollandse Kust (zuid) and Hollandse Kust (noord) wind farms should be completed in 2023. Together with the existing wind farms, this will give a total capacity of approximately 4.5 gigawatt, enough for 3.5 million households. TenneT, the national electricity grid operator, is responsible for connecting the future wind farms on the North Sea to the Dutch electricity grid. The grid connection of the future Hollandse Kust (noord) wind farm involves a connection of 700 megawatt (MW). A similar connection is being built for Hollandse Kust (west Alpha).

Reliable and future-proof electricity grid
The electricity coming ashore from the wind farms is transformed to the correct voltage in a transformer station, after which it can be fed into the national high-voltage grid. That is why a transformer station is being built in Beverwijk for the Hollandse Kust (noord) and (west Alpha) wind farm. By the end of 2023, the Hollandse Kust (noord) wind farm should supply its first electricity. TenneT has awarded the Civil Engineering department of BAM Infra Netherlands the contract for building this transformer station.

Verkerk as a technical services contractor for Hollandse Kust
Edwin Kortman, Business Development Manager at Verkerk: “We are extremely proud that Verkerk has been selected by BAM Infra Netherlands once again to deliver the building-related installations for the transformer station for the Hollandse Kust (noord) and (west Alpha) wind farm. In concrete terms, this means all electrotechnical installations, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), measurement and control technology, fire alarm systems and distributors for more than 30 buildings at the site.”

Performing as a construction team
As part of the construction team, Verkerk delivered the transformer station Hollandse Kust (zuid) at Maasvlakte on the instructions of BAM Infra Netherlands in 2019/2020. Edwin Kortman continues: “Because of the experience gained and the pleasant cooperation, we are once again able to combine robust planning, an efficient design and safe working practices. The renewed trust in Verkerk says something about our sustainable organisational objectives. Our onsite activities will start in June 2021, and we expect to deliver all building-related installations of the transformer station in the first quarter of 2023. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with BAM Infra Netherlands and can’t wait to get started in our disciplines.”