Construction of Maasvlakte 2 wind farm with 22 wind turbines for limited (temporary) recreation

March 20, 6:25 p.m.

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Rotterdam – Construction of the Maasvlakte 2 wind farm has recently started. In order to work safely, the extensive or so-called sports beach, the adjacent Princess Maximaweg and the cycle path are closed for the time being. Maasvlakteweg will continue to be accessible for car and local traffic. The Smickel-Inn and the vantage point ‘Balcony of Europe’, which is an excellent location for watching seagoing ships, are therefore still accessible to day tourists.

By Peter Zoetmulder

In the coming year, Eneco will build a total of 22 wind turbines at the head of the Maasvlakte 2 area on behalf of the Rijkswaterstaat. Of these, 10 turbines are placed on the dike and 12 turbines on the beach.

The Maasvlakte 2 wind farm will generate more than 400 GWh of sustainable electricity from 2023. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will be fully supplied with green energy for all offices, roads and waterways. It is a unique park because part of the wind turbines will be located on the dike and part on the beach, sometimes with the foot in the surf.

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Visitors to Maasvlakte 2 will be made aware of the plans. Photo: Peter Zoetmulder

To guarantee the safety of beachgoers and construction workers, the extensive or so-called sports beach, the water in front and the dune area are completely cordoned off. Princess Maximaweg and the bike path are also closed.
Large equipment is required for work and installation of the wind turbines. For example, a monopole (the foundation of the mill on the beach) is 5 meters wide and 40 meters high. The pile driver used for mounting is 7 meters by 7 meters. All the necessary digging, hoisting, drilling and vibrating equipment, the monopiles and turbine parts are transported to the beach via Prinses Maximaweg.

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Impressions of the wind farm at the head of Maasvlakte 2:10 wind turbines will be installed on the dike and 12 wind turbines on the beach. Photo:

The intensive or bathing beach in Maasvlakte will of course remain accessible, so that recreation can still enjoy a walk on the beach, sports or in the summer a day with sun, sea and beach. Parking spaces 1, 2 and 3 also remain normally accessible, as does parking space 4 near the Slufter kite spot.
Local traffic on Maasvlakte 2 can still continue via Maasvlakteweg, while buffer capacity for trucks will also be available here.

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The extensive beach (sports beach), the water in front and the dune area are temporarily closed, as is the Princess Maximaweg and the bike path. Photo:

What are the exact implications for the users of the site?

To everyone: Princess Maximaweg, the adjacent bike path and the extensive beach are closed, P5 and P6 are not accessible.

Anglers: Fishing is possible at the beach. It is safe there and there is ample parking.

Kitesurfers (kiters): Kiting is no longer allowed on the sports beach since January 1, 2022. In 2022, kites can continue kitesurfing at Slufter, bathing beach and nudist beach for the time being (the last two places kiting is only allowed outside the summer months). A working group has been set up to decide whether this preliminary situation can be continued.

Wave surfers (wave kites): Wave surfers prefer to go to the sports beach at P5 and P6. Unfortunately, these sites will not be available during construction. Wave surfers can safely go to the beach. There is also ample parking.

Kiting is therefore prohibited on the extensive beach (sports beach) due to the withdrawal of the designation decision. In consultation with NKV, an independent organization conducts a risk analysis to see if certain ways of kiting (such as wave kiting, foil kiting, wingfoiling, twintip kite-surfing) can safely be allowed after the work is completed. .

Hikers: Hikers can, possibly with their dog on a leash, simply go to the beach. It is no longer possible to walk north across the beach to the block dam due to the closure.

naturist: Naturists can go to their current location. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to divert north during the closure. This is possible again after the construction period.

Cyclists: Bicycle path along Pr. The Maxima road is closed. There is a bicycle shuttle bus for all cyclists.

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Smickel-Inn ‘Balcony of Europe’: a concept for many visitors to Maasvlakte 2. Photo: Peter Zoetmulder

Europe’s balcony
Fortunately, the Smickel-Inn and the ‘Balcony of Europe’ viewpoint, a great place to enjoy the sea views and to see ships, remain accessible to day tourists. The snack bar / cafeteria, located almost at the far end of the Maasvlakteweg, on the Slag Maasmond side road, has become a household name for many and an indispensable part of the Maasvlakte area.

Battle Maasmond is eand excellent location for watching ocean-going ships. Photo: Peter Zoetmulder

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