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UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal, Lemmer

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The ir. D.F. Woudagemaal is a pumping station in the Netherlands, and the largest still operational steam-powered pumping station in the world. On October 7, 1920 Queen Wilhelmina opened the pumping station. It was built to pump excess water out of Friesland, a province in the north of the Netherlands.
In 1967, after running on coal for 47 years, the boilers were converted to run on heavy fuel oil. It has a pumping capacity of 4,000 m³ per minute, 1,000,000 GPM. The pumping station is currently used to supplement the existing pumping capacity of the J.L. Hooglandgemaal in case of exceptionally high water levels in Friesland; this usually happens a few days per year.
-4 reciprocating steam engines with poppet valves
-8 Horizontal Centrifugal pumps: 500 Cubic Meters per minute, 125,000 GPM..
Since 1998 the ir. D.F. Woudagemaal has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The station is open for visitors and tours are given regularly.
The pumping station is located at Tacozijl just outside Lemmer
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  • Very interesting Building with impressive history. We were lucky to have a guide who spöke German. Lots of interesting facts! But... For an UNESCO World Heritage it would be highly recommended to... 
    Very interesting Building with impressive history. We were lucky to have a guide who spöke German. Lots of interesting facts! But... For an UNESCO World Heritage it would be highly recommended to...  more »
  • Very impressive and interesting building, extremely innovative in 1920, because of the solidity of the pumping system and the effectiviness on the impact on watermanagement in the Province... 
    Very impressive and interesting building, extremely innovative in 1920, because of the solidity of the pumping system and the effectiviness on the impact on watermanagement in the Province...  more »

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