New terminal for Rotterdam
Sif Group, Verbrugge International and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement in principle for the construction of a new production and storage handling terminal at Maasvlakte 2.
At the new 42 hectare terminal, Sif Group will produce steel foundations, known as monopiles, for offshore wind farms and the oil and gas industry in the North Sea. Verbrugge will take care of the logistics at the terminal, as well as the handling of sea-going vessels.
“By combining production as well as handling and storage services for heavy cargo, Rotterdam will gain a strong position in offshore wind energy with top players in their respective markets,” said Allard Castelein, CEO at the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Rotterdam’s new terminal is expected create around 200 new jobs and go into operation in mid-2016. Importantly for the port, it will contribute towards its transition in the creation of more sustainable ways of generating energy.
The port authority will build a 400m deep sea quay for Sif Group and Verbrugge, with a depth of -16.50m NAP, there will also be the possibility to deepen it further to around -19m NAP.
Until now, the Port of Rotterdam has not played a direct role in the offshore wind industry because there was no suitable land available at the port, but Maasvlakte 2 has provided this.
The Sif Group/Verbrugge plant and terminal will occupy about half of the 80 hectare to the north of the FutureLand information centre. A biobased cluster is also planned for the site.
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