In 1968, the Dutch government declared the Emsestuary (Eemsmond) to be an economic key region. One of the key developments for the region was the construction of a seaport called Eemshaven. The port was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Juliana in 1973. Industry and shipping were slow to develop at the site. In 2013, a ferry service connects to the German island of Borkum.
A number of power plants operate at the site. Both Electrabel and NUON operate a gas fired power plant there  while RWE Innogy operates a wind farm at the site. RWE is constructing a coal fired plant.
The static inverter station of HVDCNorNed is situated at Eemshaven.