Bringing the public and private sectors together in support of renewable energy
In collaboration with Tata Steel, the Port of Ijmuiden, the Municipality of Velsen, the Province of North Holland and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Port of Amsterdam will start work on Energiehaven, a port that serves as a base for building and maintaining a fleet of offshore windfarms.
Spread over 15 hectares, Energiehaven will be a pubic harbour located on the North Seaside near sea locks in Ijmuiden. The land used for the project comes from the Averijhaven area and a plot owned by Tata Steele and has been described as ‘ideal’ by port officials.
Helping Amsterdam become more sustainable
Energiehaven will feature a 580-square-metre wharf, 200 metres of which will be a heavy-duty area with a water depth of 12.5 metres. The remaining space will be a standard wharf with a depth of ten metres. Work on the project is scheduled to begin this year and will start with an environmental impact assessment and emptying the dredging port at the former Averijhaven area.
Once finished, Zeehaven IJmuiden and the Port of Amsterdam will operate Energiehaven. The wind farms have the potential to help the Dutch capital meet its aim of creating enough renewable energy to provide power to 80% of local households by 2030.
The goal is part of a new Regional Energy Strategy that aims to generate 400 megawatts of solar energy from large rooftops, 150 megawatts from small rooftops and 127 megawatts of wind energy in a decade’s time.
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