During an informal meeting in IJmuiden on Thursday 26 September, Vattenfall introduced itself as a potential future partner for companies and public authorities active in the wind power sector in the North Sea Canal Area.
Vattenfall explained the setup, planning and timing of the Hollandse Kust Zuid III and IV wind farms, and informed the nearly one hundred attendees about the opportunities this would bring, especially in terms of potential future requests for products and services.
NWEA chairman Hans Timmers explained what the tender won by Vattenfall means for Dutch industry. “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.”
Keld Bennetsen, Vattenfall’s project director for Hollandse Kust Zuid, explained what the upcoming project phase would look like. “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.