Whitehelm Capital, Groningen Seaports and Vopak will jointly invest in one of the largest solar parks in the Netherlands.
The 27 MW solar park will be situated on 19 hectares of land adjacent to Vopak Terminal Eemshaven, land which is currently already leased by the terminal. The produced electricity will be made available for local use in Groningen, Vopak terminals and the general electricity market.
The project will give the consortium of companies the opportunity to explore further new energy initiatives in Eemshaven.
Wessel Schevernels, chairman of Vopak Terminal Eemshaven and senior investment director at Whitehelm, says: ‘Whitehelm has a deep commitment to responsible investing and this new solar park continues our strategy of investing in core, long-term infrastructure. Especially the combination of sustainable power generation and long-term storage of strategic stocks provides a critical contribution to the Dutch energy mix and supports its transition to a low-carbon economy.’
Ramon Ernst, managing director, Vopak North Netherlands, adds: ‘This project fits perfectly with Vopak’s ambition for developing infrastructure solutions for a low-carbon energy future. This project allows us to accumulate knowledge and experience with electricity as a carrier of energy and gives us the opportunity to explore possible add-on applications like electricity storage and conversion for a later stage in Eemshaven.’
Following the final investment decision, which is expected in autumn 2019, the solar park is expected to be operational in 2020.