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Vattenfall to build Dutch base

Vattenfall has selected the Port of IJmuiden as its home base for operational and maintenance activities related to the
Hollandse Kust Zuid 1&2 offshore wind farm.  Once the wind farm is completed and commissioned (by 2023), all maintenance and management tasks required to keep the wind farm operational will be performed from this maintenance hub.

Vattenfall and the Port of IJmuiden are developing the necessary facilities in the IJmond harbour area. The service centre will house an office for the staff, a storage room for spare parts and a workshop. There will also be room to create boatlandings for the maintenance boats (crew transfer vessels (ctv’s)),  that will be used to carry the maintenance staff to and from the wind farm. Construction is expected to start in early 2022, and around 40 people will work at the site after completion.

"We just started the first activities for the wind farm",
says Gijs Nijsten, Development Manager for the wind farm. "Its still early days yet, and it will take several years before the wind farm is ready to start supplying electricity. Even so, this is a very important development. With a wind farm as large as this in particular, we need to have a good place where we can do our work to ensure that the wind farm will perform at an optimum level."

Vattenfall stated that the service centre will be an energy-efficient building that is as self-sufficient as possible. Solar panels will be installed with other energy neutral technologies currently being examined, including heat pumps.

A contract has also been signed with Windcat Workboats which is headquartered in IJmuiden. The company will provide crew and equipment transfer services to support maintenance activities. Windcat is currently working with CMB Technologies on the development of a hydrogen-powered boat. This option is expected to be ready by 2020, and Vattenfall will be one of the first companies to make use of these boats.

Vatenfall secured rights to the 700MW
Hollandse Kust Zuid 1&2 sites on 19th March 2018, after it placed a zero-subsidy bid in a tender scheme ran by the Dutch Government. It also recently confirmed its participation in a similar tender for the for Hollandse Kust Zuid 3 & 4 site.

The companys currently installed capacity of offshore wind sits at 1,669MW, spread across the UK, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden and Germany. Its project pipeline exceeds 5GW. This includes the 610MW
Kriegers Flak and 350MW Vesterhav Nord and Vesterhav Syd wind farms off the coast of Denmark. The total electricity production in 2018 was 7.8 TWh, with its portfolio consisting of approximately 1,100 wind turbines.

There is another offshore wind farm zone off the Dutch coast,
Hollandse Kust Noord, which consists of two 350MW sites. According to the Country’s Energy Agreement, it will also go out to tender in 2019, with construction anticipated as early as 2022.

The Dutch government wants to achieve a 14% renewable energy share in 2020, growing to 16% in 2023. Wind energy is an important renewable energy source in the Netherlands, and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate has plans to install 11.5GW of offshore wind energy by 2030.

For more information about offshore wind farms worldwide,
click here. Alternatively you can view projects across the globe using 4C Offshores interactive map.

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