The Port of Rotterdam plans to use reclaimed land for a 70-hectare (173-acre) center for offshore wind energy, the dismantling of offshore oil and gas platforms, and other offshore energy-related activity.
The first phase of Offshore Center Maasvlakte 2 (OCMV2) is expected to open in two years. It is part of Rotterdam’s program to develop a cluster of activity in the offshore and maritime construction sectors, including North Sea wind farms.
Late last year, a new industrial assembly site at Maasvlakte 2 shipped out its first monopiles for use in the foundations of electricity-generating offshore windmills off the British coast.
Offshore and onshore wind turbine shipments in Europe last year totaled 13,799 megawatts of capacity, second only to the Asia-Pacific region, according to IHS Markit.
“The creation of wind farms at sea is a huge growth market. This requires a specialized port area for the installation and maintenance of the farms, which we would like to provide,” said Allard Castelein, the port authority’s CEO.
The OCMV2 site’s first phase will cover 30 hectares and will have a deep-sea, heavy-load quay stretching 600 meters (1,969 feet). The development could be extended by 40 hectares and 1,000 meters of quay wall.