This photo shows parts of a wind turbine at the port in Ostend, Belgium.
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European ports will need new infrastructure and significant investments in the coming years to cope with the growth of the region̵7;s offshore wind sector. According to a new report from the industry agency WindEurope.
In a report released Thursday The Brussels-based organization said European ports will need to invest 6.5 billion euros (about $7.9 billion) by 2030 to support the expansion of offshore wind.
In a statement accompanying the publication of the report, WindEurope CEO Giles Dixon described the port as a
“These are important parts of the supply chain and logistics required for the installation, assembly, operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms,” he added. “We cannot expand offshore without expanding and upgrading Europe’s port infrastructure as well.”
while different countries Try to reduce emissions and stop using fossil fuels. Offshore winds also seem to play a role. The European Commission, the EU’s administration, has previously said it wants offshore wind capacity to hit at least 60 GW by 2030 and 300 GW by the middle of the century.
The UK, which left the EU at the end of January 2020, wants offshore wind capacity at 40 GW by 2030, according to WindEurope: “Government commitments across Europe increase offshore wind capacity by 111 GW. By 2030”
In addition to expanding production The physical dimensions of the turbines are also set to grow. For example, GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade X turbine has a peak height of 260 meters (853 feet), a blade length of 107 meters, and a rotor of 220 meters. Elsewhere, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. It is currently working on the SG 14-222 DD, which will have a blade of 108 meters and a blade diameter of 222 meters.
The WindEurope report discusses this new reality and its potential impact on ports and infrastructure. “All facilities need to be renovated or rebuilt to accommodate larger turbines and larger markets,” it said.
“They have to support the operation and maintenance of large fleets. (including training facilities) for upcoming demolition projects and to host a new production facility for fixed and floating offshore winds,” the report added.
In addition, the port must “expand land, strengthen the port, improve the deep sea port. and perform other civil works”
WindEurope urges the European Commission to assemble what it describes as It also said the Commission needed to “Realizes the high social value of investing in the port”
The port’s importance was demonstrated by a number of announcements this week. On Thursday, Norwegian energy company Equinor said it had acquired the Polish port of Łeba.
The company is well known for its oil and gas production. said the site would be used as “Base of operations and maintenance … base” for offshore wind development located in the Baltic Sea, Poland.
a few days ago Port operator Forth Ports has announced plans for The “renewable energy hub” at Leith Harbor in Scotland. The proposed hub, which will be backed by 40 million pounds ($56.76 million) of private investment, is slated to cover 175 acres if built.
As the people behind this project offer “A maritime port capable of handling the largest offshore wind vessels in the world.”
In a statement, Forth Ports Chief Executive Charles Hammond outlined a number of factors that he believed made the project attractive.
He said: “Leith’s proximity to the North Sea which will become home to many more offshore wind developments. coupled with the natural depths of the Firth of Forth This makes it an ideal place to support not only those developments that are planned. But the pipeline of projects that will surely follow.”