Sif uses new technologies and smart solutions to take the market to the next level and reduce the costs of wind energy. There’s also a need for this: to remain competitive with other energy sources (without the need for subsidies), the costs of the entire chain must be reduced and revenues increased. The Skybox is one of the cost-saving innovations.
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At our locations at Maasvlakte 2, in the Port of Rotterdam, over 1,000 transport shipments take place every year to move our heavy monopiles (each weighing around 2,000 tons) and piles for oil and gas. With its 400-metre-wide deep-sea quay and favourable location near the North Sea estuary, our terminal is very suitable as a logistics distribution point for third parties. In recent months, we have been providing more and more logistics services for various projects.
At sea, everything is different; that’s something I have become very aware of since becoming a Commercial Manager for Offshore Steel Structures at Sif. The legs, piles, and pile sleeves that we supply for the jackets for production platforms and distribution stations need to satisfy the most stringent of requirements. And that’s a good thing. After all, when it comes to safety, there can be no compromises.
‘Sif has more than 2000 monopiles to its name. We understand the powerful dynamic between sea, wind, and seabed and we know the properties of our steel inside out,’ explains Herman Goverse. ‘We also know exactly how to make a monopile and a transition piece. This is expertise that can really make a difference when it comes to quality, planning, and budget. By using our practical expertise and experience in the design, we can create added value for our clients.’
Bart Theunissen writes in his blog - At Sif, we are looking for things to improve every day, whether in our products, processes, or partnerships. Our ambition – to become better, smarter, and more sustainable each day – has been ingrained in all members of staff for a long time. One new development is that I have been coordinating the larger innovations as the manager of innovation & maintenance since the spring of 2018. My job is to connect, encourage, focus, and contribute, because if everyone only works on their own little innovations, then the connections between them and the larger overall success will remain elusive.’
New solutions in a professional chain. Our profession is very much in development. Both the demand for wind turbines and their scope are increasing with every year that passes, and that has an impact that sends ripples through the chain. It all starts with strong foundations that require as little maintenance as possible and weigh as little as possible.