Market development

A growing world population and expanding economic activities are putting pressure on our ecosystem. The offshore industry has taken up the responsibility and has united in a collaborative effort: Our Oceans Challenge (OOC). As a partner of OOC Sif believes balancing ocean protection with the responsible use and exploitation of ocean space and resources is an opportunity. 

This year during WindEnergy in Hamburg, Sif organized a buffet dinner for the first time, on Wednesday 28 September, with as discussion topic ‘Standardization of the transition piece. Why not?’. 

Offshore wind farms are responsible for a growing share of the green energy supply. This means that the energy generated by the offshore wind farms in the North Sea and other locations makes a significant contribution to the energy economy. This is a positive development that Sif is proud to be a part of.

Our world and our climate are changing. Due to the climate change, the need to find and exploit new, sustainable energy sources has become increasingly important. For companies and public authorities, it is not only necessary to respond to new developments, but also especially important to anticipate them. This is what minister Kamp of Economic Affairs envisioned to achieve when he introduced a new tendering scheme earlier this year: the SDE+ scheme.

The GROW consortium was officially launched at the Wind Days 2016 conference held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This consortium of Dutch companies and knowledge institutes involved in the offshore wind industry has created an innovation programme that aims to reduce the costs of offshore wind energy.

The Borssele wind farm zone is made up of two areas, with each area contributing approximately 350 MW. In the Dutch National Water Plan, these two areas have been included in the Borssele wind farm zone. These wind farms are located off the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland, outside the twelve mile zone.

Sif is optimistic about the development of these wind farms as its new production location at the Maasvlakte 2 near Rotterdam (which will be fully functional in 2017) provides the perfect home base for the production of monopiles and tubulars as well as the storage of other offshore components for the Borssele wind farm zone.