Vopak is to begin construction work on a 25 MW solar park on 19 ha of land next to Vopak Terminal Eemshaven in the Netherlands in Q1 2021.
The output of Vopak Solar Park Eemshaven is equivalent to the average consumption of approximately 8,000 Dutch households, and is a joint venture between Vopak, Groningen Seaports and funds managed by Whitehelm Capital.The partners expect to deliver the first power to the grid in Q3 2021. The subsidy, permit process and financing have all been completed.
This project fits well within Vopak’s ambition to work with partners to develop infrastructure solutions for facilitating sustainable energy. It also enables us to gain more knowledge and experience with electricity as an energy carrier,’ says Timo Spaninks, managing director at Vopak.
Cas König, CEO of Groningen Seaports, adds: ‘Locally produced green energy is of great importance to us in making the port area more sustainable and thus helping the energy transition forward. This is also reflected in companies that want to establish themselves here, precisely because of the availability of sustainable energy.’
The partners first announced plans for the solar park in February 2019.