Dutch Government schedules Hollandse Kust Noord tender

In: Windfarms
The Dutch government published the Ministerial Order for permitting offshore wind energy Hollandse Kust Noord  Wind Farm Site on 17 December 2019. The order sets out the tendering procedure for the 700 MW project, with bids due 2nd -30th April 2020 with the winner expected to be announced summer 2020.

The competitive tender will follow a similar procedure to that of the Hollandse Kust Zuid sites, based on comparative tests with an option for subsidy-free bids. Additional criteria will enable bidders to boost their rankings, for instance by including innovations and committing to early project commissioning. The government is also consulting on the draft operating model for the project, which includes costs that must be paid to the Central Government Real Estate Agency.

At an information meeting on the upcoming tender, scheduled for mid-January in Zwolle, NL, TenneT will provide an update on the Ministerial Order, the permit, the tender and the offshore grid. Vattenfall was the successful party in the government’s most recent tender and was awarded permits for the Hollandse Kust Zuid 3&4 sites with a subsidy-free bid.

The Dutch government is currently aiming to source 70% of its electricity from sustainable sources by 2030. That amounts to at least 84 TWh, with more than half of this coming from offshore wind farms. Currently, just over 1 GW of offshore wind power is operational off the coast of Netherlands with over 2.5 GW in pre-construction or past the construction consent phase. By 2023, the government expects that there will be 4.5 GW of offshore wind power operational, equating to 16% of the country's electricity needs.

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