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Offshore wind opportunities for North Holland: Potential turnover of three billion euros

The Netherlands is rapidly switching to green power that is increasingly generated sustainably by wind turbines at sea. The construction of the future wind farms Hollandse Kust Noord, Zuid, West and IJmuiden Ver off the coast of our region will bring a substantial stream of offshore activities to the province of North Holland. These are some of the results of joint research conducted by the ports of IJmuiden, Den Helder and Amsterdam, and reviewed by TNO. Dorothy Winters, offshore wind programme manager at AYOP, was one of the supervisors of report author, Jesse Bruijnzeels from Port of Amsterdam. The report can be downloaded here.

“The three North Holland ports are committed to the new ‘Wind at Sea’ economic cluster,” says Peter van de Meerakker, director of the Port of IJmuiden. “A successful energy transition requires wind at sea. There is a potential of some €3 billion in contracts with the first investments in North Holland already visible. Location is the main reason why so many companies choose a maintenance and installation base in the ports of this province. North-Holland ports have the shortest distance to the wind farms, both before and after 2030.”

Strategic reservations and experience
The ports are reserving space to accommodate companies from the ‘Wind at Sea’ cluster. Amsterdam, for example, has 35 hectares available for the production of offshore wind parts. In addition, the ports of IJmuiden and Amsterdam are working together to transform the former national dredging depot near IJmuiden. A consortium comprised of Port of Amsterdam, Port of IJmuiden, Velsen municipality and the province of North Holland is transforming this 15-hectare site into an ‘Energy Port’ for the installation of wind farms at sea.

Port of Den Helder is also ready to facilitate the operation and maintenance of wind farms over the next 30 years. “Our many years of experience in oil & gas are ideal for meeting the demands of the offshore wind sector, and we’re making more sites available for wind farm maintenance bases,” clarifies Port of Den Helder CEO Jacoba Bolderheij. The focus on offshore matches the strategic goals of the three port companies to play an active regional role in the national energy transition.

Cooperation
As offshore wind farm construction goes hand in hand with increased activity in the ports, Amsterdam, IJmuiden and Den Helder are working closely together to facilitate this. The combined facilities will enable the province of North Holland to support a full package of offshore activities. “Taking the big step from fossil fuels to a sustainable society requires offshore wind,” says Zita Pels, finance delegate of the province. “The report illustrates the significant economic opportunities and employment involved, one of the reasons why the province is investing in the new Energy Port and creating a strong profile for offshore wind.”