The Port of Rotterdam Authority has reached an agreement with wind energy specialists Sif Holding n.v. regarding the lease of 20 ha of the port site and a 200-meter stretch of the deep-sea quay at Maasvlakte.
According to a statement, Sif will be using the newly allocated site on behalf of clients active in the offshore wind power sector.
The first project to be undertaken at the new site will be the handling of all 94 monopolies (wind turbine foundations) designed for the offshore farm Borssele 1+ 2, commissioned by Deme Offshore.
The agreement is part of the port’s goal of becoming Europe’s leading hub for offshore wind and the offshore sector in general.
Sif Group’s decision to establish and further expand its location in the port contributes to its ambition. Together with its partners, the Port Authority will be working hard to promote offshore wind as the premier source of renewable energy.
The focus will largely be on innovation, testing and demonstration, promotion and lobbying; the port says its extensive offer of repair and maintenance facilities, terminals and world-renowned maritime cluster, combined with the right physical infrastructure, make it exceptionally attractive for offshore wind.
Speaking about the deal, Allard Castelein, CEO, Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “We are proud of Sif Group’s success in our port. Since the company set up here in 2015, Rotterdam has been able to strengthen its position in the offshore wind segment.
“This expansion will allow a leading player in this market to develop further. It supports our policy to employ our expertise, space and developing the capacity to stimulate the offshore wind segment – and the offshore sector in general – as a key growth market.”