Dutch government published the Ministerial Order for permitting offshore
wind energy Hollandse
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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