Offshore Energy

Due to the favourable location of the North Sea Canal region for offshore oil & gas and wind at sea as well as new future types of energy, the region offers a wealth of opportunities for companies in the area and those seeking support from the region for their (future) activities in the southern part of the North Sea.

AYOP members each have their own unique expertise and contribute to meeting the huge challenges involved in the energy transition.

Ideal location North Sea Canal Region

The southern part of the North Sea accommodates around 160 operational oil & gas platforms and five operational wind farms. The relatively short distance to these platforms and wind farms makes the North Sea Canal region the ideal location for suppliers and service providers in the offshore sector. Companies in the area are active in fields such as:

  • engineering
  • construction
  • maintenance & conversions
  • decommissioning
  • the labour market
  • logistics
  • terminals
  • facility services
  • and other business services

The majority of these companies and government bodies are members of Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports.

We serve the interests of our members by:

  • proactively identifying and sharing trends and market developments
  • establishing links with innovation and research institutes and governments
  • jointly developing business cases that stimulate the energy transition.

Our members can align their products and services, either jointly or individually.

Energy transition

The North Sea is playing a key role in realising a climate-neutral energy system that is reliable and affordable – initially via oil & gas production and now, increasingly, via renewable energy. This includes the large-scale production of wind energy, and options for hydrogen and CO2 storage underground.

Due to the transition to sustainable energy and the approaching end of the economic lifespan of oil & gas platforms, substantial investments will be made in the years ahead in:

  • wind at sea
  • the modification and electrification of existing platforms
  • and the disassembly of outdated platforms (decommissioning)

The North Sea Canal area has the potential to become the offshore energy region of the future in the Netherlands due to:

  • its favourable position for the wind farms and platforms
  • established suppliers and end-clients in the offshore sector
  • the availability of physical space, especially with the future Energy Port.

Energy transition in the North Sea Canal region: there’s far more happening than you realise!

The transition from fossil fuels to sustainability is well underway in the North Sea Canal region (commonly abbreviated in Dutch as NZKG). A wide range of initiatives from the partners in the NZKG Energy Transition Platform are contributing as government bodies, ports, industry and energy companies join forces to ensure the successful integration of different sources of energy. The result is a cohesive energy hub that is leading the way forward over the next decade.

This visual sketches a picture of how the North Sea Canal region will look in 2030!

Integrated approach

An integrated approach is essential to make the most of the offshore energy potential of the North Sea Canal region and contribute to the realisation of a climate-neutral energy system. A wide span of perspectives must be included, ranging from technology, market and society to ecology, spatial planning and regulations. Benefits can be gained by linking the various energy functions, such as the production of wind, hydrogen and natural gas, but this requires cooperation within the golden triangle of government, research/education institutes and business to ensure everything is optimally aligned.

Close cooperation between sectors and parties that utilise the offshore energy potential of the North Sea will result in CO2 reductions, cost savings, the effective use of space at sea and an acceleration of the energy transition. Proper collaboration and coordination will help us make the most of opportunities and place the North Sea Canal area on the map as the Dutch region for offshore energy.

More information can be found under the specific sectors: offshore oil & gas, offshore wind and decommissioning.

“Sustainability is hugely important to us and it is good to see how Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports also focuses on this vital area.”
Dingeman de Groot
Business Development, Peterson Den Helder
Peterson Den Helder

“Velsen aims to become the offshore wind capital; public-private cooperation in the North Sea Canal area is essential if we’re to capitalise on the power and potential of the IJmuiden and Amsterdam ports. The energy transition offers us many opportunities and together we can make this area an economic frontrunner in the energy and offshore wind sectors. This is why Velsen council is a keen member and supporter of AYOP.”
Jeroen Verwoort
Alderman municipality Velsen
Gemeente Velsen

“The North Sea is a Living Lab and our know-how is unique in the world: together we will work on a smooth transition period!”
Sander Vergoesen
Managing Director