Vopak Solar Park Eemshaven, a joint venture between Vopak, Groningen Seaports, and funds managed by Whitehelm Capital, has opened in Groningen in the Netherlands.
The 25 MW facility has been constructed on a 19 ha site next to Vopak Terminal Eemshaven. It will supply energy equivalent to the use of 8,000 Dutch households to the Dutch grid. The green energy certificates for the site have largely been bought by local companies within Groningen Seaports and Vopak itself.
Ekwadraat from Leeuwarden carried out the design and construction management, while Equans from Roden managed to whole project. The Municipality of Het Hogeland and the Province of Groningen were closely involved in the development of the project. STEK acted as legal advisor and Voltiq acted as financial advisor. Vopak says that the solar parks was delivered safely despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘We are very pleased with the successful delivery of this solar park. For Vopak, it marks the moment when we switch completely to green energy for our Dutch terminal activities. In this way, we are actively contributing to the greening of the logistics chains of our customers and our role in society – Storing vital products with care,’ says Timo Spaninks, managing director at Vopak.