New wind energy hub will enable Ramboll to support its local as well as global client base.
After successfully expanding its wind business over the past two years to the US, Japan, Spain and Poland, Ramboll is ramping up its wind activities in the Netherlands to meet the growing demand for wind energy in Europe and worldwide.
With the new wind energy hub in the Netherlands, Ramboll’s wind division is seeking to leverage its leading global position while being closer to local clients in the region.
Ramboll’s wind business has grown significantly in recent years. The Danish company is now one of the largest global players in wind advisory and engineering worldwide with more than 500 dedicated wind experts based in offices around the globe. Ramboll was one of the pioneers for wind energy in Europe and has played a key role in exporting knowledge and services worldwide to enable the global green energy transition.
Tim Fischer, Ramboll’s global senior director for Wind, said: “We have supported clients based in or doing business in the Netherlands for over 20 years, mainly from our hubs in Germany, UK and Denmark. We see a continuously increasing demand and client activities both in the Netherlands and Belgium, supported by the attractive political roadmaps for offshore wind and favourable site conditions, with both markets preparing for further auction rounds.
“By establishing the Netherlands as a wind energy hub in our global wind team, we ensure that our strong, dedicated teams have the capacity to support our local as well as global client base across our service portfolio.”
The Netherlands has a long-standing reputation for focusing on renewable energy, which also comes with a well-established local wind industry sector. With an installed capacity close to 3 GW onshore and offshore, and an installation target of over 20 GW by 2023, the Dutch wind market will enter a phase of massive expansion in the coming years. In addition, adjacent countries like Belgium and Germany recently raised their offshore wind targets significantly, which will position the region as one of the power houses of offshore wind energy in Europe.
“The wind energy and marine industry in the Netherlands is one of the European backbones,” said Fisher. “This naturally results in a robust knowledge base with an outstanding educational and research background and a broad range of sector experts. Ramboll, as a global company, offers an abundance of opportunities for graduates and experts alike to apply their insights to some of the most impactful projects around the globe,” Fisher said.
Ramboll plans to appoint a head of wind energy for the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2023 and will establish dedicated teams for wind advisory as well as engineering. The company also plans to use its existing office in Delft but is also looking at establishing new office locations in Utrecht or Arnhem. The new hub will also serve as a liaison office for neighbouring markets and potentially expand to Belgium in the near future.