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The wind farm Egmond aan Zee is the first large wind farm built in the North Sea near the Dutch shore. The 36 wind turbines supply renewable electricity for more than 100,000 Dutch households.

The location of the park is 10 to 18 kilometres off the coast close to Egmond aan Zee. The total area of the park covers around 27 km2. With clear weather the park is visible from the beach. 

With the selection of this location at sea, the interests of other users of the North Sea were taken into consideration, such as fishing, recreational shipping, shipping, sand extraction, military areas and oil and gas extraction. Particularly in the field of safety, requirements have been imposed on the park in order not to create dangerous situations for fishing and shipping. These requirements relate to the lighting, colouring, marking and use of sound signals such as fog horns.  The project involves an investment of more than €200 million. The Dutch government supports the project in three different ways: through the environment-quality electricity production scheme (MEP) and an investment subsidy according to the CO2 reduction plan of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Finally, the tax energy investment deduction (EIA) scheme applies to this project.

Demonstration project

Offshore wind will play an important role in the future energy system. The knowledge and experience gained with this offshore wind farm has been used in the further development of wind at sea as a renewable energy source. That is why at the time of the tender the (then) Ministry of Economic Affairs called the Offshore Windpark Egmond aan Zee (OWEZ) a demonstration project. 

The project involves an investment of more than €200 million. The Dutch government supports the project in three different ways: through the environment-quality electricity production scheme (MEP) and an investment subsidy according to the CO2 reduction plan of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Finally, the tax energy investment deduction (EIA) scheme applies to this project.

History

Shell and Nuon have jointly submitted their plans as NoordzeeWind to build and operate the offshore wind farm in 2001 through the government tender for offshore wind. 

In the spring of 2002, NoordzeeWind was selected as the winning party and in July of that year, NoordzeeWind signed the concession agreement with the government for the realisation of the wind farm. 

In the following years, the park was developed further. The necessary licences were acquired, and work was done on soil surveys and wind measurements. At the end of May 2005, Shell and Nuon signed the final contracts to realise the Offshore Windpark Egmond aan Zee (OWEZ) together. In 2006 the construction work started and on 18 April 2007 the park was put into operations by (then) Prince Willem-Alexander.

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This first Dutch offshore wind farm was an important step for both companies to gain expertise in this form of renewable energy. 

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