During an informal meeting of Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports (AYOP) and NWEA, Vattenfall informed companies and public authorities from the North Sea Canal Area on the opportunities for its future Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farms.
Vattenfall explained the almost 100 attendees on the Hollandse Kust III and IV setup, planning and timing and what this would bring in terms of employment and potential future requests for products and services.
Earlier this Summer, Vattenfall won the tender for the offshore wind farms, after previously already having won the tender for Hollandse Kust Zuid I and II.
Keld Bennetsen, Vattenfall’s project director for Hollandse Kust Zuid: “The subsidy-free wind farms in the Netherlands represent major projects for us – the Netherlands is one of Vattenfall’s key markets. We plan to fully involve local suppliers and educational institutes, and are looking for partnerships.”
The construction of the Hollandse Kust I and II wind farms is expected to start mid-2022. Vattenfall will commission partners for maintenance vessels and services. Director of O&M Offshore Vattenfall, Erik Hiensch, told the attendees about the operation & maintenance setup of the project and the related opportunities. He invited the attendees to act on this information individually or in collaboration with each other.
The mayor of Velsen, Frank Dales, expressed that the region wants to become the wind capital of Europe. He talked about the efforts the local authorities were putting in place to make it happen. “We still have too few technical courses. The municipality of Velsen is doing everything it can to change this – for instance, we are working closely with Techport on this issue.”
According to Hans Timmer, chairman of the Dutch Wind Energy Association, NWEA, many companies will benefit from the arrival of Vattenfall; “These wind farms are the largest in the Netherlands and will provide lots of local opportunities in terms of training, employment and the local supply chain. Moreover, the large scale will give us international spin-off potential, including an excellent export position as wind energy in the North Sea grows in the coming years.”