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    Paul Schraven

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    My name is Paul Schraven, I am a civil engineer who is passionate about creating innovative solutions for wind turbines, water structures and viaducts. I excel at organizing and bringing together the right experts at the right time to get the job done.

    After finishing my studies at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, I started working at Grontmij, which later became Sweco. I worked in the department of Harbour and Waterways. This is where I became interested in hydraulic structures. After 12 years, I changed jobs and started working at ABT and Windbase.

    What I do at Windbase

    I am a design manager at ABT and Windbase, overseeing projects related to wind turbine foundations, civil structures, water safety and levee strengthening. Here, I utilize my skills in communication, coordination, and organization to solve problems and complete projects. My role in WindplanBlauw as lead engineer for nearshore foundations and package manager for the BOP onshore is an example of a complex project where my skills were valuable.


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    Windplanblauw is located on the north-east side of Flevoland in the area of Swifterbant and Dronten. This is where Vattenfall, in cooperation with SwifterwinT and Molenrak B.V. is realizing Windplanblauw. The plan involves the replacement of 74 old wind turbines for 61 new ones, which are larger and more powerful. The project consists of two parts, namely the onshore part consisting of 37 wind turbines supplied by Vestas type EnVentus 5.6MW, and 24 wind turbines located in the IJsselmeer (Nearshore) supplied by GE, type Cypress 5.5MW. Operationally, the entire wind farm will have a capacity of about 340MW, enough yield the electricity consumption of 450,000 households (about 1.0mln people).WindplanBlauw consist out of 5 contracts namely:1. Contract WTG supplier Onshore2. BOP Onshore3. WTG Supplier Nearshore4. BOP Nearshore5. SubstationWindBase was involved in all the contracts, which included:1. Contract WTG supplier Onshore, Qa/Qc of the coatings, Welding of the tower, and the stairs but also problems which occurred during the lifting process..2. BOP Onshore, Active assessment of the design, risk controlled design review but also on the work method plans, maintenance plans and inspection plans3. WTG Supplier Nearshore, visiting tower fabrication process, QA/Qc steel towers and coating inspections4. BOP Nearshore, Engineering Bases of design, Active assessment of the design and risk controlled design review en inspections during construction.5. Substation Active assessment of the design, risk controlled design review but also on the work method plans, maintenance plans and inspection plans

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    Integral advice for the construction of Windplanblauw
    Combination of technical and procedural expertise In the northwestern corner of Flevoland, the construction of 61 wind turbines, 37 on land (onshore) and 24 on the IJsselmeer (nearshore), is in full swing. The turbines are being built at the Windplanblauw wind farm near the village of Swifterbant. The construction of a substation, crane emplacements and other infrastructure are also part of the project. ABT subsidiary Windbase is advising client SwifterwinT about all the civil engineering contracts of the project. The new wind turbines will be replacing smaller models which were at the end of the their lifespan. With a total capacity of 335 MW, Windplanblauw will generate enough green electricity to power around 400,000 households. Other side of the table “We're now sitting on the other side of the table", says civil engineering package manager Paul Schraven of Windbase. “We were hired for this technically challenging project to check all the documents supplied by the contractors. The client doesn't only want to use our knowledge about the design of foundations, but is also calling upon our broader expertise, both technical and procedural. We are participating in the project organization for Windplanblauw, with our technical team available in the background. We think that this particular combination of technology and process is a strength. As a firm, we have a lot of experience with this in other areas, which we are now using for a wind project for the first time.” Windplanblauw is a partnership between energy company Vattenfall and SwifterwinT, a unique local initiative. SwifterwinT is a cooperative partnership between 170 (agricultural) entrepreneurs, residents, and turbine owners in the project area. They share the returns individually and every year, part of these go to projects that improve livability in Swifterbant and its environment. Integral approach Paul: “As civil engineering package manager, I stand for an integral approach and operate as a kind of playmaker. One of my tasks is getting the documents to be checked to the right colleagues in the Windbase organization. These concern construction work on the foundations, roads, crane emplacements, bridges, and temporary constructions. Additionally, I'm involved in all technical discussions regarding the various contracts. Together or in consultation with concrete specialist and quality engineer Casper Meijer, we also regularly make inspection rounds outside. Land foundation in the water For the nearshore contract, the wind turbines on the water, Windbase drew up a proof of concept for realising a land foundation in the IJsselmeer. The design provides for a construction with a combi wall. Paul Schraven: “Placing a land foundation in the IJsselmeer is a special project, considering it will have to deal with forces that are typical for water, such as wave load, ice load, and collision load from vessels. The method of laying a foundation is also different. Offshore turbines are normally built on a monopile foundation. Partly due to the shallowness of the IJsselmeer, this is not possible at this location. “The process and cooperation with all parties involved is going according to plan", says Paul. The dynamics feel familiar to Windbase. At the same time, the company is also learning from the relatively new role which it is now playing on behalf on the client. The company will remain committed to this until the completion and commissioning of the new wind turbines. It is expected that Windplanblauw will be commissioned in the final quarter of 2023. Project partners Client Windbase: SwifterwinT, Aratis Contractor for foundations, roads, and onshore crane emplacements: Dura Vermeer Contractor nearshore foundations: Ballast Nedam Contractor substation: Hitachi Energy Transport and installation of turbines nearshore: Mammoet Turbines suppliers: Vestas (onshore) en GE Renewable Energy (nearshore)   For more information: p.schraven@abt.eu | telnr: +31 6 309 946 64 Header © Windplanblauw Back to news