Frank van Erp, senior advisor renewable energy at Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl), project manager for site studies.
In 2014 studies and surveys began, to map out the Borssele offshore wind zone in preparation for the SDE+ tender opening end of 2015. On behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) manages all the site studies. BLIX supports RVO.nl with this task for the studies and surveys for Borssele sites I & II and the studies and geophysical survey for Borssele sites III and IV. With the completion in sight, we speak with Frank van Erp.
Since the start of the project in 2014, RVO.nl and BLIX, both with their offices in Utrecht, work daily together. BLIX and RVO.nl cooperate on contract and project management, and supervise the studies. Frank van Erp identifies the strength of BLIX on several levels, “BLIX has vast knowledge of contracts and project development, is very responsible, results-oriented and has a super commitment. If necessary, they are available 24/7.” And this commitment was necessary.
Especially the last couple of months were dynamic. Recently the geophysical soil survey (site I & II) of Deep and Wind Resource Assessment of Ecofys were published. Last week, Fugro installed the floating measuring buoy in the offshore wind area and soon the results of the geotechnical site investigations (site I & II) and geophysical investigations (site III&IV) will be published. Frank van Erp: “The industry is closely involved and needs the presented results. The interests in the studies are large. After an evaluation with the market, we see that they have confidence in the results.” At the end of 2015, the tender of the first two lots in the Borssele wind area will open.
A working plan
BLIX and RVO.nl – together with the input of the industry and relevant stakeholders – developed a plan. During execution, they have been in constantly contact with the market, the relevant ministries, and other stakeholders such as TenneT. Good cooperation is essential: “We are very satisfied with the cooperation with BLIX. RVO.nl and BLIX work as a team in which we have a pleasant and constructive cooperation. In addition, both parties are mutually reinforcing.”
All the publications of the studies and surveys of the Borssele wind energy project can be found here.