The first expansion of the Offshore Centre at the Port of Rotterdam is beginning to take shape. Densification work is underway and a new stretch of land is beginning to emerge. The Port of Rotterdam is creating space for an offshore centre which can cater for offshore wind farm companies and the decommissioning (the dismantling of oil and gas platforms) and operation of assets in the oil and gas market. To this end, a new port site of up to 70 hectares is being created using the hydraulic filling technique on Maasvlakte 2 in the Prinses Alexiahaven. The first 30 hectares have already been completed. Once completed the port will develop the land to make it suitable for industrial buildings and offshore vessels, such as wind turbine installation vessels. Work on the site began in August 2017. Work on the construction of the quay walls is scheduled to start mid-2018 and is expected to be completed in 2019.