Shell consortium wins Borssele wind contract

20 December 2016

Sian Crampsie

A consortium led by Shell is to build the second wind farm in the Borssele wind farm zone in the Dutch North Sea.

Shell, Van Oord, Eneco and Mitsubishi/DGE won the tender for the Borssele 3 and 4 wind farms with a strike price bid of €54.50/MWh excluding transmission costs. It will equip the wind farm with MHI Vestas wind turbines, it said.

The Dutch government said that the wind farm will be built and operated with a subsidy of just €0.3 billion, significantly less than the €5 billion originally anticipated. It also believes that with the current energy price outlook, Borssele 3 and 4 can be operated without subsidy after 7.5 years.

Borssele 3 and 4 are due for commissioning in 2020 and will have a combined capacity of 740 MW. Borssele 1 and 2 – to be constructed by Dong Energy – will also be commissioned in 2020.

Dong won the concession to build Borssele 1 and 2 in July 2016 with a bid of €72.70/MWh excluding transmission costs.

Borssele 1 and 2 will have a combined capacity of 700 MW.

According to the Dutch government, a total of 26 bids from seven parties were submitted for Borssele 3 and 4.

The Netherlands aims to have 4.5 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2023.


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