On Monday 27 November, Erik Bertholet, the Offshore Wind Business Manager of Groningen Seaports welcomed a delegation from Korea, Taiwan and Japan to Eemshaven. The visit had been initiated and organised by Pondera Consult, a firm that advises and supports wind-energy projects, including in Eemshaven. The delegation had a full schedule and had left Amsterdam by bus early in the morning; they certainly appreciated a cup of coffee on arrival at the Nijlicht office building. After that Erik Bertholet started the official programme with an informative presentation about the wind activities in Eemshaven.
After the presentation, the delegation visited the test turbine of 2-B Energy. In contrast to all other wind turbines in Eemshaven, this remarkable turbine has just two blades. The turbine has a capacity of 6 MW and stands 105 metres tall.
The bus moved on to Beatrixhaven, where the Asian delegation had an opportunity to see the heavy-duty quay and the installation vessel MPI Enterprise that was jacked up on its four legs immediately in front of the quay. Last year, the MPI Enterprise was a regular guest in Eemshaven, as this vessel shipped the parts for 54 turbines of wind farm Nordsee One from the Orange Blue Terminal.
The delegation continued on to the north quay of Wilhelminahaven, where the Nexus was moored; this cable-laying vessel of Van Oord was used for the construction of the wind farm Windpark Gemini. The Nexus was built by Damen Shipyards in just one year and has room for 42 kilometres of cable. A full crew means 60 people work on board. The vessel only sails when the worst weather forecast predicts good weather for an 18-hour slot. The cable-laying vessel is currently in Eemshaven, as it is used for the Merkur Offshore wind project.
After visiting the Nexus, the delegation returned to Nijlicht for lunch. After lunch, Van Oord talked about the construction of the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, Windpark Gemini, that was constructed by using Eemshaven as a base. Van Oord was the lead contractor for this wind farm that consists of 150 turbines; it is situated in the Dutch part of the North Sea, north of Schiermonnikoog at some 85 kilometres from the coast. 2-B Energy also gave an interesting presentation about the construction, concept and philosophy of its test turbine in Eemshaven.
Around 15.30 hours, the programme came to a close and the delegation left Eemshaven for its return journey to Amsterdam. There they will visit WindEurope, the offshore wind energy conference and exhibition that will take place in RAI from 28 to 30 November. Erik Bertholet will also be travelling to Amsterdam to represent Eemshaven at the exhibition.
The Asian delegation visited the cable-laying vessel Nexus of Van Oord