The Netherlands: Sand Engine Project Starts

The Sand Engine project, an innovative approach to coastal reinforcement, will be commencing today along the coastline of the Dutch Province of Zuid-Holland. The project will involve extending the coast into the sea, making it safer and creating a new conservation and recreational area. The Dutch State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment, Joop Atsma, joined provincial executive councillor Lenie Dwarshuis this afternoon in Ter Heijde to mark the start of the Sand Engine project, which will make the Netherlands a safer, bigger and lovelier place.

The Sand Engine project will involve depositing 21.5 million m3 of sand in the sea in the shape of a hook that rises above the water line. The base of the hook will be connected to the coastline at Ter Heijde. Wind, waves and ocean currents will gradually distribute the sand along the coast. ‘Building with nature’ in this way will ensure natural sand suppletion, so that the coastline grows. The Sand Engine project will therefore help protect the coast and create new land for conservation and recreational purposes at the same time. In addition, it will also be financially advantageous: once it is constructed, it will no longer be necessary to deposit sand every five years in order to continue protecting the coast. ‘Much of the Netherlands is below sea level. That is one reason why the Dutch are the best marine engineers in the world. To safeguard our coast, we have spent decades searching for new ways to protect ourselves against floods. In this project, we have made the sea our ally,’ said Mr Atsma.

Schedule

The sand suppletion work will be finished by October 2011. It will take at least five years before the all the sand has been dispersed along the coast in the form of beaches and dunes.

Costs

The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment is responsible for the engineering. The Van Oord-Boskalis consortium will do the actual land reclamation work. The Province of Zuid-Holland is responsible for managing the area. The national government will contribute EUR 58 million to the cost of the project, and the Province EUR 12 million.

Source: vanoord, January 19, 2011

Share this article

Follow Dredging Today

Events>

<< Jul 2016 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 29 30 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

19th International River Symposium

19th International Riversymposium addresses one of the key challenges of the 21st century: how can they best manage their rivers to meet…

read more >

71st SWCS International Annual Conference

The conference will offer unique opportunities to showcase conservation efforts in both the uplands and bottomlands of great rivers and their…

read more >

6th Dredging & Land Reclamation Asia Summit 2016

“Equip Global’s 6th Dredging & Land Reclamation Asia Summit 2016 is a crucial hub to be had not only port operators, port authorities, but also urban development project managers to learn and share their practices in overcoming the unique challenges we face in Asian regions, whether it be addressing novel issues that experienced project managers need to be aware of in calculating the risks of urban dredging, or hearing from younger South East Asian port operators about their solutions to conventionally existing challenges that younger port operators”

More Info

read more >

ISP-IDFC 2016

The combined conference will focus towards enhancing the ports capabilities by doing the integration of our major and minor ports across…

read more >

Jobs>

Dredge Masters, Engineers and Superintendent\\\\\\\'s Urgently Required!

Flagship Management is working with a number of leading international marine and dredging organizations and require the following candidates for a range of global projects...

apply

Design Engineer Standard Cutter Suction Dredgers

As a Design Engineer you will be involved in the concept, basic and detail design of Cutter Suction Dredgers...

apply

Hydrographic Surveyor

Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc. (GBA) is posting the following career opportunity in their Houston, TX and Baltimore, MD and Tampa, FL offices....

apply