Germany opens offshore wind tender

In: Windfarms
Germany's Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has opened a tender for the installation of offshore wind farms in three areas in the North and Baltic Seas.

The tender seeks to secure a total of 958 MW, of which 658 MW is to be installed in the North Sea and 300 MW in the Baltic Sea. The maximum value for bids is 7.3 ct / kWh. Completion of the wind farms is planned for 2026.

Following the two tenders in 2017 and 2018, tenders based on the “central model” are now being held for the first time. This means that not only the funding and the grid connection capacity are tendered, but also the right to apply to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) for planning approval for the development of the areas with an offshore wind farm. For two of the three areas, however, there are legal entry rights of the companies that originally planned offshore wind farms there.

The basis of the tenders is the formal suitability assessment of the three areas. This is the result of extensive preliminary studies that the BSH carried out on behalf of the Federal Network Agency. The BSH examined the marine environment, the subsoil and the wind and oceanographic conditions for the areas. The costs of the preliminary investigation should be passed on to successful bidders after the award.

The applicants are to be sent to the Federal Network Agency in Bonn by September 1, 2021. After the bids have been checked and the award procedure has been carried out, bidders will be informed of the decision.

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