Port of Eemshaven

From Global Energy Monitor

Groningen Seaports is the port authority for the Port of Eemshaven and the Port of Delfzijl in the province of Groningen in the northeast of the Netherlands.[1]

In 2017, more than 3.3 million tons of coal entered the Groningen Seaports.[2] The Port of Eemshaven's Wilhelminahaven appears to be responsible for most of Groningen Seaports' coal handling.

Eemshaven Power Station is a 1,600 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station commissioned in 2015 near the Port of Eemshaven. In 2018, The Netherlands decided to shut down all coal-fired power-based stations by 2030.[3]


The Port of Eemshaven's Wilhelminahaven is located in the province of Groningen in the northeast of the Netherlands.

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Coal handling

Between 2011 and 2017, the total volume of goods loaded and unloaded at Groningen Seaports more than doubled, from almost 3.3 million tons in 2011 to more than 6.6 million tons in 2017. The increase was largely attributed to coal. In 2017, more than 3.3 million tons of coal entered the Ports of Eemshaven and Delfzijl.[4]

Port of Eemshaven (Wilhelminahaven)

Around a third of all the energy that is produced in the Netherlands comes from Eemshaven. In 2020, the Port transshipped 4.6 million tonnes of cargo.[5]

In 2010, Groningen Seaports was constructing a heavy bulk quay around the Wilhelminaharbour, a major investment of about €55 million. Wilhelminahaven is on the eastern side of the Eemshaven Port. It was reported that when operational, Nuon's Magnum IGCC Power Station and RWE's Eemshaven Power Station would together need 5 million tonnes of coal and 1 million tonnes of biomass, which would be transhipped in huge bulk carriers to the Eemshaven.[6][7] However, coal gasification plans at the Magnum IGCC Power Station appear cancelled.

Wilhelminahaven is 1,200 meters long with a width of 275-300 metres, a depth of 14.0 metres and a quay length of 1,250 metres. It is a dedicated basin in the logistics for power production (coal, biomass, gypsum, fly ash). The southern quay is 450 metres and is used to unload coal carriers for the RWE Eemshaven Power Station.[8]

Port of Delfzijl

The Port of Delfzijl is primarily an industrial port with a strong chemical cluster. The Port transshipped 5.8 million tonnes of cargo in 2020, including 15% of total Dutch chemical production.[9] Coal handling appears minor or non existent.

Project Details

  • Owner: Groningen Seaports
  • Coordinates: 53.443539, 6.850046 (exact)
  • Location: Eemshaven, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Coal Capacity (Million tonnes per annum): 3.3
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Imports
  • Coal Source:

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