The Port of Rotterdam has joined the North Sea Wind Power Hub Consortium, which to date has comprised TenneT BV, Energinet, TenneT and Gasunie. The consortium expects Rotterdam’s clear sustainability strategy and its recent experience in seaward land reclamation to be an important asset.
Allard Castelein, CEO, Port of Rotterdam: “Industry needs sustainable electricity and hydrogen if it is to meet the climate change targets of the Paris Agreement. The concept of a North Sea Wind Power Hub is an appealing prospect for the development of a large-scale, sustainable energy system in the North Sea. We are experienced in seaward land reclamation, and we are happy to contribute this expertise to the consortium. We really need to speed up efforts to develop large-scale offshore wind energy capacity, and ensure this capacity is effectively integrated into the relevant plans of the North Sea countries.”
The four electricity and gas grid companies and the Port of Rotterdam will join forces for the purpose of continuing their studies into the development of a large-scale, sustainable European energy system in the North Sea. Deployment estimates range from 70 GW to 150 GW of offshore wind located on an artificial island in the North Sea by 2040. A specific scenario conducted by the consortium which is based on the COP21 Paris Agreement commitment estimates 180 GW offshore wind capacity by 2045.