The Dutch Port of Amsterdam has announced a new partnership with the Rotterdam-headquartered energy company Eneco.
According to the agreement, the Port of Amsterdam will acquire 50% of stake in Eneco’s existing 27 MW Afrikahaven wind farm, located in the Western port area. Both companies intend to supply the green energy generated by this wind farm to local businesses and households. This is said to be the first time a Dutch port company acquires shares in the wind farm sector.
The Afrikahaven plants include a total of nine windmills, generating enough energy to supply around 15,000 households.
"This new partnership is consistent with the principles of our Vision2030 for improving the port’s sustainability and our strategy of becoming a major energy hub at the regional, national, and international levels. Wind energy is one of the renewable sources in which our port is investing and for which we have ambitious plans. Port of Amsterdam aims to increase its installed capacity in the port area to 100 MW by 2020. Through the smart use of this sustainable energy, we can create green energy for the price of brown energy – that is, traditional fossil fuels," Koen Overtoom, Port of Amsterdam's CEO, said.
Bram Poeth, Managing Director of Eneco Zakelijk, the energy company’s corporate division, added,"In taking this step, the Port of Amsterdam is assuming a large share of the responsibility for the local energy transition. The next challenge for our two companies is to persuade the local community to join us in this sustainable revolution. Our ambitious objective is to get as many businesses in the port area and local households in the Amsterdam area as possible to run on locally generated wind energy. It’s all part of our strategy to tailor our renewable energy sources to specific customers."
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