The Port of Amsterdam will turn a dredging depot at the former Averijhaven into an energy port to serve as a base for the construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms.
The port is carrying out the project in collaboration with the province of North Holland, the municipality of Velsen, Tata Steel, and the Port of IJmuiden.
Energiehaven will spread over 15 hectares and comprise both the area of the Averijhaven and Tata Steel’s 5-hectare site to set up a public harbour area for offshore wind.
The site is located on the North Seaside, in front of the sea locks in IJmuiden.
The location is described as ideal for the construction and servicing of the Hollandse Kust West and IJmuiden Ver offshore wind farms, among others, the port said.
Energiehaven will feature a quay of 580 metres, 200 metres of which will be a heavy-duty quay with a water depth of 12.5 metres. The remaining 380 metres will be a standard quay with a water depth of ten metres.
The work on developing the project will start in 2020. The next steps in the project will be to empty the dredging depot at the former Averijhaven and to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment for the project.
The Port of Amsterdam and Zeehaven IJmuiden will operate Energiehaven once completed.
By Dag Pike