Drilling for three windmills near Breda

Between the city Breda and the motorway A16 in the Dutch province of North Brabant, three windmills will be constructed by 2022 at the latest. To enable the construction of the turbines, the expansion of the local power grid was started in the summer of 2021. Brownline has surveyed three drills for this purpose on behalf of contractor Heijmans.

The Dutch province of North Brabant has the ambition to be completely climate neutral by 2050. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, various wind farms are being realized. The planned 28 wind turbines of the Energie A16 project in the western part of the province will generate a total of sufficient energy to supply 100,000 households with electricity each year. However, if the local power grid has insufficient capacity, expanding or improving it is the first step in the construction of a wind farm. This is also the case at the wind farm near Breda. The three 135-metre high turbines that will be built here are expected to generate 15.5 million kWh per year per wind turbine. Together with the regular power consumption, this will be too heavy a load on the existing medium-voltage grid.

To facilitate the planned expansion of the medium voltage grid, Brownline surveyed the three drills with the Drillguide Gyro Steering Tool. The first two drills of 600 and 710 meters long took place at a very short distance from the A16 motorway and exactly followed the route of a secondary road. A number of houses and businesses are located at this road, which means that many underground cables and pipes are already present. In addition, the buildings, the road and the road users themselves naturally also cause a lot of external interference. The third drill of 305 meters was not only laid out close to the A16, but also crosses the A58 highway, which at that point consists of no fewer than eight lanes. The Drillguide GST is unaffected by external interference and delivers an extremely accurate result under all conditions. The three drills were carried out quickly and with extreme precision, while the nuisance for local residents was kept to a minimum. The province of North Brabant can thus steadily continue to work towards achieving its ambitious objective.

Brownline is proud to have contributed to this project!

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