Dutch assess subsidy-free offshore tender

6 May 2020

Sian Crampsie

Holland’s Enterprise Agency (RVO) is assessing “multiple” applications received in the recent subsidy-free tender for the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind zone in the North Sea.

The agency tendered for construction of a wind farm with a capacity of at least 700 MW and says that it expects to be able to announce the winner of the license within 13 weeks.

The tender is the fifth in a series of tenders designed to procure around 11 GW of offshore wind capacity in the Netherlands by 2030.

In 2016, Ørsted won a tender for the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind parks off the coast of Zeeland, which have a combined capacity of 752 MW.

Borssele delivered its first power to the Dutch grid at the end of April, RVO confirmed.

In March 2018, Swedish utility Vattenfall AB won sites I and II of the Hollandse Kust Zuid zone and was awarded sites III and IV in July 2019. These wind farms will be built as part of a single zero-subsidy project with a combined capacity of 1.5 GW.

Vattenfall said in April that it would not participate in the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind zone tender because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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