Port Esbjerg eyes digital twin to optimise for future offshore wind demands
Port Esbjerg has partnered up with the global infrastructure advisory firm, Moffatt & Nichol to create a digital twin that can develop and define the future offshore wind port. Port Esbjerg has already been involved in the installation of 55 offshore wind parks.
The CEO of Port Esbjerg, Dennis Jul Pedersen, said, “Port Esbjerg and the supply chain in Esbjerg have vast experience in supporting offshore wind projects, but we need to simulate the future to plan optimally today, and for this we are excited to work with Moffatt & Nichol.”
Moffatt & Nichol specialises in port planning, development and design and has been involved in some of the largest projects around the world in recent years. They are the engineer of record for the four largest US offshore wind port projects including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia.
Joshua Singer, Offshore Wind Lead with Moffatt & Nichol, says that the possibility to simulate and improve the efficiency with one of the epicentres for offshore wind in Europe will generate valuable knowledge that can leapfrog Port Esbjerg ahead of its competition. Singer states that “a digital twin allows Port Esbjerg to simulate every operation in context to future projects and optimise the infrastructure accordingly.”
The offshore wind market is expected to grow immensely, and this bears responsibility for ports servicing the industry. The demand for more offshore wind power and the fact that components constantly increase in size is demanding for port infrastructure. The ports must remain proactive and plan for the flexibility that these projects naturally require. With the digital twin project, Port Esbjerg, can plan for the future.