The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the government are looking into the possibilities for constructing a wind farm with a potential of more than 100 MW on the seawall of Maasvlakte 2. To this end, the Port Authority will be launching an international market consultation this month, which will run until 9 December 2011. A decision will then be made on a possible selection procedure for this location.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is striving to double the capacity of wind turbines in the port area to 300 MW by 2020, enough for 350,000 households. The zoning plan for Maasvlakte 2 takes into account a wind farm on the outer edge with a capacity in excess of 100 MW. This involves a top location where the wind from the North Sea has free play. On the other hand, account must be taken of the adjacent industrial area, the pipeline network and the construction of the water defences to which the wind turbines will have to be attached.
Maasvlakte 2 is the expansion of the port of Rotterdam, covering 2,000 hectares. It concerns a new European top location for port activities, which was begun in 2008 and will be completed by the end of 2013, if all goes according to plan.