Ventyr submits notification for the impact assessment program of SNII

Leuven, June 3, 2024 - In line with the agreement signed with the Norwegian authorities, Ventyr has submitted the notification for the project-specific impact assessment program of the Southern North Sea II (SNII).

Southern North Sea II comprises a large offshore wind farm consisting of an estimated 60-100 wind turbines with a total capacity of 1,500 MW, an offshore converter station, internal cables in the wind farm, submarine cable ("export cable"), landfall facility (sleeve station), power line, underground cable and/or micro tunnel on land and a new converter station on land. Connection to the main grid will be via Statnett's existing substation in Kvinesdal.

The notification concerns both the offshore part of the wind farm and the grid connection to Kvinesdal.

The development plans cover areas at sea within Norway's economic zone and on land in Kvinesdal municipality and either Flekkefjord, Farsund or Lyngdal municipality in Agder (depending on which option is chosen for the grid connection).

The report includes:

  • Description of background and process;
  • Preliminary description of measures and alternatives for grid connection;
  • Description of the current situation and knowledge base;
  • Preliminary assessment of environmental and social impacts and possible mitigation measures proposal for study program.

François Van Leeuw, co-CEO of Parkwind, confirms, “This step is another milestone in Ventyr’s contribution to develop the offshore wind project on the Southern North Sea II supporting Norway to fulfil its ambitions of producing more renewable energy. The development of offshore wind will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop new expertise and technology within the Norwegian supplier industry.”

On May 31st, 2024 NVE launched a public consultation, where inputs from all interested parties will be collected until 4 September 2024.
Two public hearings will be organized, the first on Wednesday 14 August 2024 in Farsund. And the second on Thursday 15 August 2024 in Kvinesdal.

Based on the report and the subsequent consultation round, the energy authority will determine a final study program, which will serve as a basis for the project-specific impact assessment that describes the effects on the environment and society. As the project is in an early stage of development the presented design of the project still includes several options e.g., for the trajectories of the export cable to reach the substation located at Kvinesdal. Through upcoming assessments (technical feasibility, impact assessment, costs, ... ) several of these options will be abandoned to come to an actual design with only few options open.

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Maarten van der Horst

Head of Projects

Maarten joined Parkwind and more specifically the Oriel project team in early 2021. He brings 17 years of experience in the energy industry having worked at Engie's renewables arm first as an engineer, later as offshore specialist.


Wim Verrept

IT Services Manager

He joined Parkwind in 2016 as risk manager, during the installation phase of Nobelwind. Since then his responsibilities have expanded to include IT and the QHSSE department. Before joining the company, he worked as a risk manager at large financial institution in Belgium.


Ingrid Dony

HR Manager

Ingrid joined Parkwind in 2013 and manages the Human Resources department. Her expertise in corporate HR has created the foundations in Parkwind’s evolving and rapidly growing employee and consultant base. Her team manages everything from payroll to employee development and communications. She has been instrumental in preparing the organization for international expansion and the digitalization of numerous HR legal and administrative tools.


Dirk Dewettinck

Head of R&D

At Parkwind since 2015 he manages the engineering resources involved in project development, design and construction. He was closely involved in the technical management of the Nobelwind and Northwester 2 projects. Prior to joining Parkwind, he was involved in other offshore wind projects, working for a major wind turbine supplier, and prior to that he worked for more than 15 years with major engineering contractors in projects around the world, mainly in the conventional power generation construction and services (steam, gas, nuclear).


Clément Helbig de Balzac

Project Director Arcadis Ost 1

Joining Parkwind in 2011 as a project finance specialist and he was heavily involved in the financing and construction of Northwind and Nobelwind. Thereafter, as project finance manager, he led the financing process of Northwester 2 and the refinancing of three operational offshore wind farms of the Parkwind portfolio. He is also involved in business development projects for his expertise lies in financing processes, construction contract negotiation, contracting strategy and development and construction management.


Edward Van Melkebeek

Head of Technology

Since joining Parkwind in 2018, he has been leading the Technology team responsible for leveraging Parkwind’s know-how in civil, electrical and WTG packages to development of new projects. The team also performs a supply chain role, managing technical aspects of project contracts. Previously, he has built extensive practical and managerial experience in the offshore construction business for over 22 years at a global leading dredging and offshore contractor strongly active in the offshore wind industry.


Mathias Van Steenwinkel

Business Development Manager

He joined Parkwind in 2012 working on financial modelling, PPA negotiations and the overall financial close processes. Since 2016, he is heading the growing business development department playing a key role in the identification of new projects, global partnerships and tender preparations.


Kristof Verlinden

O&M Manager

With Parkwind since 2010, he is responsible for the asset management and production management of all of Parkwind’s offshore operational assets. The O&M organization plays a pivotal role in project development incorporating strategic insight to ensure frictionless O&M operations from the moment of first production. The team also supplies external support services, is involved in numerous R&D initiatives with universities and wind farm performance analysis using state of the art data systems. Kristof joined Parkwind with an engineering background in international service support business and wind turbine driveline design validation.


Pieter Marinus

General Counsel and Investment Relations Director

As a former Parkwind board member, he has been involved in the financial close and follow-up of every Parkwind project as well as in their acquisition and divestment processes. Prior to joining Parkwind’s management in 2017, he was also in charge of multiple other renewable energy investments and financings around Europe, notably as Investment Director at Korys.


Peter Caluwaerts

Head of Engagement Management

After years of building extensive experience in large construction works, he started his career in offshore wind in 2010 by taking up the role of CLO of Parkwind, responsible for regulatory, legal and contracting matters for Belwind and Northwind windfarms. Since then, as Project Director, he’s led the Northwester 2 project completed in 2020 and is now responsible for Parkwind’s Irish projects Oriel and Clogherhead. He plays an instrumental role in organizing Parkwind’s international expansion and growth.


Eric Antoons


Before joining the company in 2013, he worked for one of the largest power and gas suppliers in Belgium, in both operational and executive functions. Joining Parkwind in 2013 as COO, he supervised the construction of three wind farm projects and the considerable growth of O&M activities. Since becoming co-CEO in 2016, he has also developed Parkwind’s R&D activities to the forefront partnering with universities and several technology start-ups.


François Van Leeuw


He joined Parkwind as CFO in 2009 and has been leading the financing and development of Parkwind's first wind farms. In his role he’s particularly involved in new business and partnership development for Parkwind globally. He is also serving as the chairman of the Belgian Offshore Platform, the non-profit association of investors and owners of Belgian wind farms.


Paul Tummers


Arriving to Parkwind in 2019, after a broad career in energy and infrastructure, he has taken a leading role in Parkwind’s international expansion from both corporate finance and organizational restructuring.