Rainbowing begins for Rotterdam energy site

Dredging works are underway for the Port of Rotterdam’s Offshore Centre

Dredging works are underway in the Port of Rotterdam for the construction of the site of a new Offshore Centre to service the activities of the offshore wind power, oil & gas and decommissioning sectors.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority signed a contract with PUMA (Projectorganisatie Uitbreiding Maasvlakte, Project Organisation Expansion Maasvlakte) which is a joint venture of the Netherlands’ two hydraulic engineering firms, Royal Boskalis Westminster NV and Van Oord NV. The Offshore Centre will be built at Prinses Alexiahaven along Maasvlakte 2’s inland basin.

Rainbowing commenced in August on the site, which has a planned area of 70 hectare. Some seven million m3 of sand required for for this undertakingwill be extracted from offshore sites and port basins. The entire port site will be rainbowed by the end of this year, with work to construct the quay walls due to start in mid-2018.

The establishment of Europe’s first Offshore Centre is in line with the Port Authority’s policy to further develop Rotterdam’s already highly developed cluster of companies active in the offshore and maritime sectors.

By Larz Bourne

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