Ports services and infrastructure can contribute to offshore cost reductions
On September 11th, “Trends in Offshore Wind: Hydrogen & Next Generation Support Vessels” took place in Ostend Sea'Place. The event was organised by the AGORIA (the Belgian trade association for technology industries), the Renewable Energy Base Oostende (REBO), and the Port of Oostende. Philippe De Baker, Belgian State Secretary for the North Sea opened the event highlighting the successful installation of offshore wind projects in the Belgian seas. Rentel is the fifth windfarm constructed in the Belgian part of the North Sea.
At the REBO site, in the port of Ostend, the blades, towers and nacelles of the Siemens wind turbines are loaded onto the jack-up installation vessel ‘Sea Installer’, provided by GeoSea. "This is the perfect time to discuss the role of support vessels in our industry but also the role of ports," said REBO CEO, Paul Gérard. Indeed, ports also have an important role to play in the development of offshore wind.
Innovations and development in ports services and infrastructure can contribute to cost reductions in a significant way. WindEurope has been working on this topic within its Ports Platform. These interesting figures will be published during the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg next week.