Kooyhaven, the new regional port-related business park in Den Helder, has officially opened. During the opening ceremony, which was held to celebrate the occasion, the first company to establish a business presence there was announced. “A flying start,” according to Port of Den Helder Director Jacoba Bolderheij.
Bolderheij: “I am very happy with the realization of the first project from our ‘Roadmap’, the development calendar of the Port of Den Helder organisation. I expect that the Port of Den Helder, Kooyhaven and the quay areas which will be developed, will contribute to the energy transition in the North Sea and further strengthening of our position as North Sea Energy Gateway (NSEG). The economy of Den Helder and the surrounding region has been made more robust and future-proof.”
First market response
Den Helder-based Glomar Offshore B.V. is the first company to confirm their position in the Kooyhaven inner harbour. The company operates a diverse fleet of purpose-built offshore support vessels and is regarded as a prominent player in the offshore market. Speaking about the development, Glomar Offshore CEO Klaas Weij comments: “I am proud that, with this expansion, we can offer even more service to both the oil and gas, and the wind industry.” Glomar Offshore is extending its activities to Kooyhaven with the establishment of warehouses for minor vessel repairs and mobilisations for the wind industry. “The arrival of Glomar clearly shows the benefits the whole offshore market can gain by establishing their activities in a forward-looking business park as Kooyhaven,” says Bolderheij.
The development of the Kooyhaven inner harbour started last year. The business park offers space for companies within the energy market supply chain which require port or waterfront connections. Kooyhaven also offers additional space for other sectors, that can benefit from the location, port and waterfront facilities, such as yachting and agribusiness. Situated in the Dutch municipality of ‘Hollands Kroon’, Kooyhaven also has good road connections and is less than an hour’s drive from Schiphol International Airport. The Kooyhaven area has been ‘All Electric’ installed; meaning that a gas mains supply has not been used. Consumers may heat their premises with electricity, even sustainable solar and wind energy, with the possible combination with thermal storage. In this way, the Port of Den Helder has taken the next step towards making the harbour more sustainable.
Strong economic boost
The commissioning of Kooyhaven represents a major boost for the local economy of Den Helder. Companies located in the port (or planning to locate there) attract suppliers and other (facilitating) companies that can establish themselves at Kooyhaven and the adjacent industrial area Kooypunt as such creating more space in the harbour itself. Given its strong geographical location, close to one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and within the shortest distance from the offshore oil and gas market and the rapidly emerging offshore wind energy market, Den Helder serves as an ideal national and international pit stop for companies that are directly or indirectly active in the offshore industry. North Holland Province Deputy of Economic Affairs Jaap Bond welcomes the broader economic gains: “A strong position for the Port of Den Helder is not only important for Den Helder, but also offers economic opportunities for the entire region of North Holland.”
Kooyhaven fits within the Port of Den Helder’s strategic vision to advance the harbour’s position as a Dutch offshore logistics hub by focusing more and more on offshore wind energy, and other renewable energy sources in the future and offshore activities. In the current turbulence facing the oil and gas industry, this wind sector is rapidly developing. For example, until 2023, 3500 MW of wind farms are to be built off the Dutch coast, one of which will be sited off the North Holland coast. Moreover, more wind farms are forecast for after 2023. Operations based out of Den Helder involve not only North Sea wind farm construction, but operations and maintenance activities in particular. These are companies that ensure wind turbines continue to operate and be maintained. Ernst van Zuijlen, Director of TKI Wind op Zee: “Internationally, the Netherlands has the best credentials for the rapid development of offshore wind energy. Den Helder offers, with leading research institutes in the nearby area, the helicopter airport of Den Helder Airport and the unique geographical location, an excellent business climate for the construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms.”
Kooyhaven is located in Den Helder’s neighbouring municipality of ‘Hollands Kroon’. Bolderheij: “This development has therefore involved two municipalities. I can only say that this has proved to be a fine achievement of cooperation. The importance of a clear progression of the local economies and job creation of Den Helder and Hollands Kroon was of course a shared drive.” Companies that have been directly involved in the realization of Kooyhaven are developers De Vries & van de Wiel and Dura Vermeer.
The official opening took place at the Kooyhaven in the presence of a large group of interested industry stakeholders. After a word of welcome from Port of Den Helder Director Jacoba Bolderheij, presentations followed by TKI Wind op Zee and GROW Director Ernst van Zuijlen, General Manager Offshore Project Support (OPS), on behalf of Glomar Niels Noordeloos and North Holland Province Deputy of Economic Affairs Jaap Bond.