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Official start of Delfland Coast project

Dike warden Mr M.A.P. van Haersma Buma (Delfland Dike and Polder Board), chief engineer-managing director Mr F.M. Post (Directorate-General of Public Works for Zuid-Holland), provincial executive councillor Ms H.M.C. Dwarshuis-van de Beek (Province of Zuid-Holland) and managing director Mr J. Kloet (Van Oord Nederland) joined local residents and stakeholders for the official launch of the dune construction works. The event, held on Friday 7 November 2008 at ‘Slag Vlugtenburg’ in ‘s-Gravenzande, signalled the start of the Delfland Coast project.

The Delfland Coast Consortium (Van Oord and Boskalis) began laying a pressure pipeline on the beach of Hoek van Holland this month. The pipeline will start pumping sand in late November/early December 2008 in order to create new dunes between Hoek van Holland and ’s-Gravenzande. The dunes will compensate for the loss of nature arising from the Maasvlakte 2 port expansion project. Work on the new nature reserve is scheduled to be completed by late March 2009. It will take ten to twenty years before the nature reserve has fully matured.

The Consortium will then continue the work of reinforcing the ‘weak link’ in the Delfland coastal defences, working through the spring and summer of 2009 along the coast to the south and north of Ter Heijde. The work will continue on the beach at Ter Heijde and the beaches to the south of The Hague between October 2009 and late 2011. Work will proceed only in the autumn and winter. The entire project should be completed by late 2011, safeguarding the Delfland coast for the next fifty years. Van Oord will be deploying trailing suction hopper dredgers on the project.

The client for this project is the Delfland Coast Project Office, a partnership between DG Public Works and the Delfland Dike and Polder Board.

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