Dutch determine offshore wind transmission route

In: CablesGridWindfarms
20/01/2021
In consultation with the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK), the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK)  has made a decision about the preferred alternative cable route for the Ten noorden van de Waddeneilanden (TNVDW) offshore wind farm. The minister has opted for the Eemshaven west route.

The cable route runs 85-90 kilometers from the wind farm located to the north of the Wadden Islands to the landfall at Schiermonnikoog, and then connects to TenneT's national grid in Eemshaven. There are two options for the new transformer station in the Eemshaven area: the Waddenweg location and the Middenweg. Both locations will be further developed in the near future, so that the suitability can be better assessed and the Ministry of Economic Affairs can choose the best alternative.

The decision is available for inspection from January 15, 2021 to February 25, 2021.

The next step is refining the route with landowners, authorities and other parties, further EIA studies offshore and onshore, and applying for permits and exemptions. As the Dutch Transmission System Operator (TSO), TenneT is the responsible entity for construction and operation of the grid connection.

The Dutch government will issue a tender for the TNVDW in Q4 2022. The draft Wind Farm Site Decision are expected Q1 2021. The wind farm when commissioned in 2027 will supply 700 MW of electricity to the Dutch electricity grid.

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