The existing plant, owned by a global agribusiness producing oilseed and grain products, has grown and developed over more than a century. Situated in the midst of a village in the Netherlands, the location is no longer ideal for a busy production plant. It also needs to meet tightly controlled limits on noise and other emissions to avoid disturbing local residents.

Digitalisation and sustainability opportunities incorporated into plans

One of the strategic aims of the agribusiness is to ensure the new plant incorporates new manufacturing technologies to make operations more efficient and sustainable. To do so, it is relying on advice and input from Royal HaskoningDHV which brings a broad perspective on global manufacturing developments as well as insight into digital technologies and best practice benchmarking. 


By understanding the strategic agenda of our client and anticipating issues before they arise, we can ensure new possibilities are considered at the right time and that no opportunity is missed.

Marco Faber

Project Management and Consultancy at Royal HaskoningDHV

“We provided valuable input into the scope for the new site. Equally, we have been able to highlight issues such as the limited grid capacity in the location which has implications for securing sufficient energy supply as well as managing the permitting process for the local governmental authorities.”


Expertise provided for each stage of the development

With the scope outlined, the essential next stage of the project was to gain the required permits. A team at Royal HaskoningDHV created the conceptual design and prepared the information needed by the authorities. The time pressure was intense because much of the equipment for the new plant operates on long lead times, such as wastewater treatment plants and huge storage vessels for raw materials. 

We are continuing to provide advice and guidance as the project develops through risk mitigation, detailed design, and construction management. Alongside this input, we are providing perspectives on new approaches and innovations. For example, data-driven solutions including sensors, digital technology and even a digital twin can support ongoing optimisation of operations as well as predictive maintenance. Our input helps our client assess the viability of such developments for its new plant.

The existing plant will be mothballed after the greenfield plant is fully operational to safeguard production continuity. Royal HaskoningDHV will advise on the decommissioning and demolition of the current site which will make way for new homes in the village.

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Project results

  • Expected to deliver 40% energy savings and reduce CO2 emissions by 90% by 2030.

  • Provided valuable input into the scope for the new site through the conceptual design

  • Gained the required permits and information needed by the authorities

  • Provided advice and guidance through risk mitigation, detailed data-driven and procurement solutions

Project Facts

  • Client
     Global Agribusiness
  • Location
  • Period
    2021 - 2022
  • Challenge
    Ensure a new plant incorporates new manufacturing technologies making operations more efficient and sustainable
  • Solution
    Created the conceptual design and prepared the information required by the authorities. Providing advice and support in risk mitigation, data-driven and procurement solutions