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    • Notice grid connection Hollandse Kust (west Beta)
      The scoping notice (Dutch: NRD) for the offshore grid connection Hollandse Kust (west Beta) is available for public review from June 7th to July 18th 2019.  This project connects 700MW of wind energy to the national onshore grid. Arcadis and Pondera worked on the scoping notice at the request of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. A digital version of this document was also developed.        read more»
    • Visualisation Wind Farm N33Definitive permission for Wind farm N33
      On May 29th, the Dutch Council of State (Raad van State) has ruled that the objections against wind farm N33 are unfounded. The department of administrative justice concluded that the plans for the wind farm comply with the current legal requirements. This means that the 35-turbine, 120MW wind farm has definitive building permissions. Pondera Consult was responsible for N33’s EIA and permit procedures, including all necessary studies. This read more»
    • Webinar WRA HKN available online
      Last week , Erik Holtslag gave a presentation on the Wind Resource Assessment for Hollandse Kust (noord), during a webinar which was organized by RVO.nl. You can now watch the webinar online. Hollandse Kust (noord) is a designated offshore Wind Farm Zone of about 700MW. The Wind Farm Zone lies 18 kilometres off the Dutch west coast and will provide enough electricity for over 1 million Dutch households. The Wind Farm Zone is one of six offshore read more»
    • Positive advice EIA commission Windplan Groen
      The Commission for environmental assessment has issued a positive advice for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Windplan Groen. The Commission has judged the EIA to include all the essential information for it to support the decision making process on the National integration plan and permits for the wind farm. Pondera Consult has drafted the EIA, the required permits and conducted all the necessary studies. “The EIA is quite read more»
    • WRA for Hollandse Kust (noord) completed
      The Wind Resource Aassessment for Hollandse Kust (noord) is now publicly available for all interested parties. The study aims to reduce the uncertainties for a project. This might lead to lower project costs, as well. Hollandse Kust (Noord) is an offshore wind energy area that will contain over 700 MW of wind energy power. The area lies over 18 kilometres off the coast of Petten, and will provide enough power for over 1 million Dutch households. read more»
    • Rotterdam Offshore Wind Coalition revalued
      On Wednesday 17 April the key actors of the Rotterdam area revalued their ambition to lead the Rotterdam port area towards a globally dominating role in the offshore wind sector in the field of construction, O&M and supply chain services. During a CEO dinner in the boardroom of the famous football club Feyenoord, hosted by the CEO of the port of Rotterdam Allard Castelein and the vice mayor of Rotterdam Arno Bonte, a selective group of high read more»
    • Preparing the site for the Haliade 12-X 12 MW
      Preparing the site that will host GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW, the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world, to be installed in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam, Netherlands, in partnership with FutureWind. Haliade-X 12 MW is currently being assembled at GE’s factory in Saint-Nazaire, France, while its three LM Wind Power-designed 107-metre blades are being manufactured in Cherbourg, France, and tower sections produced in Seville, Spain. All read more»
    • Pondera in Vietnam with PM Rutte for trade mission
      Eric Arends, partner at Pondera Consult, is currently partaking in a trade mission to Vietnam, organised by VNO-NCW. The mission lasts from the 7th to the 12th of April. The cities of Hanoi, Danang, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City will be visited during the mission. Apart from Pondera Consult, companies from other industries, such as Agriculture, Water and Logistics are also represented. Prime Minister Rutte himself will be present in Vietnam on read more»
    • Ground breaking ceremony at future Haliade-X 12 MW
      Future Wind (the Joint Venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) organized a symbolic ground-breaking event that took place in Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, to celebrate the start of preparatory activities to host GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype in Maasvlakte, Rotterdam. The first activities on the ground started early this year with the construction of the Haliade-X 12MW foundation, that will contain 50 piles that will be covered read more»
    • Pondera wins EIA contract for two offshore wind energy areas
      Pondera Consult will do the preparations for lots VI and VII of the offshore wind energy area ‘Hollandse Kust (west)’ on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. Pondera Consult has moreover received a similar task for lot I in the wind energy area ‘Ten Noorden van de Waddeneilanden’. A total of 2.1 GW of wind energy in the Dutch part of the North Sea is involved. The offshore wind farms are the fourth and fifth wind energy areas read more»
    • Map of wind farms.Arcadis and Pondera collaborate on offshore grid permits and EIA
      Arcadis, the globally operating design- and consultancy organisation for the natural and built environment, and Pondera, the specialist in renewable energy, will manage the permits and the EIA, including the accompanying studies, for two underground grid connections from the North Sea to the shore, on behalf of TenneT. The EIA and permits are about the connection of the offshore wind energy area IJmuiden Ver to TenneT’s natonal power grid. The read more»
    • Official launch construction Wind Farm Fryslân
      On March 14, 2019, Pondera’s CEO Hans Rijntalder, with representatives from Wind Farm Fryslân and the Zuiderzeewind building consortium with Siemens Gamesa and Van Oord officially launched the construction by pushing the button. The ceremony was held at the Afsluitdijk Wadden Center in Kornwerderzand to mark the official start of construction of the 382.7 MW Wind Farm Fryslân. The ceremony was held in the presence of the developers, read more»
    • GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW to be installed in Rotterdam
      Agreement signed with Future Wind includes five years of testing and 15 years of service Installation of Haliade-X 12 MW will take place during summer 2019 GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind (a Joint Venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) announced today that they have signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (NL) during summer 2019. The deal includes five read more»
    • LCoE of future Dutch offshore wind farms
      The Netherlands has the ambition to have multiple offshore windfarms operational by 2030 to fulfil climate agreements. The future wind farms will be constructed in sites located offshore of the North-Holland coast and north of the Wadden Isles. The ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands recently gained insight into the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) of different variants for the wind farm sites considered for read more»
    • Wind in Vietnam: Dutch Opportunities
      The opportunities for wind energy in Vietnam are looking very promising. Research by the World Bank estimates a total potential of 500 gigawatt, which is ten times Vietnam’s expected energy capacity in 2020. Areas with some of the best wind resources are located across the country’s long coastline or at sea. At the moment, Vietnam is mostly focused on onshore and nearshore wind energy. Eric Arends, partner at Pondera Consult, conducted a read more»