Grontmij and Pondera – founding partner of Wind Minds – to prepare one of world’s largest offshore wind farms in the Netherlands
7 May – Grontmij, a listed consulting & engineering company with a strong European presence, and partner Pondera Consult – founding partner of Wind Minds – will carry out preparatory studies for the call for tender by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs for allotments III and IV of the Borssele offshore wind farm. When completed, Borssele will deliver sustainable energy to 1.4 million households and will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind energy sites.
Grontmij and Pondera will draft environmental impact assessments and assessment studies for allotments III and IV of the offshore wind farm that is located just outside the 12-mile zone on the southern coast of the Netherlands. Studies will also be carried out for specification on an ‘innovation’ allotment; a separate plot decision will be taken for an area where innovations in turbines, foundations, construction methods and maintenance concepts can be piloted or tested.
The results of these studies will form an important basis for the Ministry’s call for tenders on the offshore III and IV lots scheduled for 2016.
In 2014, Grontmij and Pondera Consult were responsible for the environmental impact assessment and assessment studies for allotments I and II.
Marc Kreft, Senior Project Manager of Grontmij in the Netherlands: ‘We are very pleased that our involvement and successful collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Rijkswaterstaat, the agency responsible for Dutch infrastructure, has been extended through this new assignment. It is a confirmation that the Ministry recognizes our extensive experience in offshore wind energy.’
Grontmij is a leading European company in the Consulting & Engineering industry with world-class expertise in the fields of energy, highways & roads, sustainable buildings and water.
Our leading principle is Sustainability by Design. This enables our professionals to support clients in developing the built and natural environment. Established in 1915, Grontmij is listed on the NYSE Euronext stock exchange.
About Pondera Consult – founding partner of Wind Minds
Pondera Consult was founded in 2007 with the ambition to contribute to sustainable solutions to energy, climate and environmental challenges. As a relatively new company founded on rich experience, we work with our clients towards the identification and realisation of renewable energy projects. Pondera Consult has extensive experience in the planning and development of large onshore and offshore wind energy projects. www.ponderaconsult.com
Background ‘Wind Energy on Sea’
In the Netherlands, the recently passed Offshore Wind Energy Bill facilitates acceleration and upscaling of offshore wind energy generation by making licencing more flexible. First, land allocation determines where and under what conditions an offshore wind farm can be developed but imposes no specific requirements on the type of generation technology. In selecting sites, the interests of and checks and balances for the natural environment are integrated into decision-making. Once land is allocated, there follows the tender process, licence grant and subsidy award. The Borssele offshore wind farm is the first project to be executed under the new Bill. In the coming years, around 1,400 MW of energy will be generated in the Borssele allocations. This will result in a large offshore wind farm with a surface area of 344 km2 off the southern coast of the Netherlands. This new area is 12 times the size of the largest existing wind farm in the Netherlands. The Bill is an important step towards achieving the European goal of generating at least 14% of a country’s energy through renewable and sustainable techniques by 2020.