Ørsted and TotalEnergies join forces with Holland Coast West bid

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 13/05/2022 Ørsted
Ørsted and TotalEnergies have joined forces to jointly submit bids for the two Dutch offshore wind tenders for Holland Coast West. The two companies have the aim of achieving a net positive impact on biodiversity and the Dutch energy system.

The Holland Coast West wind farms are located approximately 53 km off the Dutch coast and have a combined capacity of nearly 1.5 GW.

According to the two companies, the HKW VI tender proposal will change how wind farms relate to ecology. They claim that it includes an unprecedented monitoring programme, and strong cooperation with companies, institutes, universities and NGOs. It focuses on working with all parties, both international and local, to build the knowledge needed to have wind farms strengthen nature by default.

The two companies also aim to position Zeeland as the largest hydrogen cluster in the Netherlands. With 600 MW of electrolysis capacity, it is to be made possible by 2027, powered solely by the Holland Coast West wind farm. This is to be supplemented with, among other things, electric transport, batteries and direct electrification of the industry.

Rasmus Errboe, Head of Region Continental Europe at Ørsted, commented: “We are very pleased with our partnership with TotalEnergies for the upcoming Dutch tenders. With our joint bids we want to ensure the Netherlands can accelerate its offshore wind build-out towards 2030 and beyond, in a state-of-the-art ecologically friendly manner and as part of an integrated energy system. Ørsted looks forward to making a significant contribution to the energy transition in the Netherlands, together with TotalEnergies.”

Olivier Terneaud, VP Offshore Wind at TotalEnergies, said: “The energy transition brings new challenges, both in terms of environmental impact and integration of green energy into the power system. It’s precisely to meet these challenges that we’re participating in these tenders, together with Ørsted, to support the energy transition in the Netherlands, where we draw on more than half a century of Dutch offshore operational experience to be a reliable energy partner. As a global multi-energy company that places sustainable development at the heart of its strategy, we’d be delighted to realise these innovative projects.”

The winners of the tenders are expected to be announced by the Dutch government in Autumn 2022.

For more information on the two companies and their offshore wind farm portfolios, click here.