Sarens participated in a notable conference in Oostende, Belgium focused on offshore wind ports and the logistics that surround them. The two-day European Offshore Wind Conference was organized by WindEurope and supported by Port of Oostende and Rebo(Renewable Energy Base Oostende). WindEurope establishes and advocates wind energy policies for Europe.
The platform gathers the knowledge and experience of several European ports active in the offshore wind industry. Several key players of the industry were present at the forum including Port of Oostende, Port of Groningen, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Dunkerque, Port of Den Helder, Dong, Scottish Power Renewables, Jan De Nul, Deme, Siemens, Smulders etc.
Today, ports are expanding facilities to accommodate a growing offshore wind industry that must service thousands of turbines in the northern seas with ever-larger components. As technological progress gains momentum, ports will have to cater to the needs of developers and equipment manufacturers. The WindEurope Offshore Wind Ports platform is initiated to allow ports, developers, manufacturers and the wider supply chain to share best practices and find solutions that contribute to cost reduction. During the conference, developers and supply chain players presented the challenges and opportunities facing the offshore sector and what role ports can play.
Sarens was represented by Peter Libert, Area Sales Manager, Offshore Energy at Sarens Projects who presented the technical aspects of supply chain associated with offshore wind farm installation. He demonstrated Sarens' know how on the Offshore wind farm installation techniques and Onshore logistics dedicated to offshore wind farms. He touched upon topics including:- Future evolution of weights and dimensions of Offshore Energy elements such as foundations (Concrete Gravity Based Foundations, Jacket Foundations, and MonoPiles), Wind turbine nacelles, Tower elements and Blades. All of these parts have been and will be going through a constant evolution to bigger dimensions and weights, resulting in need for heavier Sarens transporting capabilities and Sarens lifting possibilities.
The conference proved to be an interactive platform where Sarens got noticed for its prestigious projects done for the Offshore wind industry in the past as well as for providing solutions to the challenges faced by the industry currently and in the coming future.