Number five joins North Sea Wind Power Hub Consortium

4C Offshore | Bridget Randall-Smith
By: 29/11/2017 TenneT
TenneTThe Port of Rotterdam becomes the fifth partner in North Sea Wind Power Hub Consortium. Together they plan to construct one or more artificial island hubs in the central North Sea.

The other members of the consortium are TenneT TSO B.V. (Netherlands), Energinet (Denmark), TenneT TSO GmbH (Germany) and Gasunie (Netherlands).

The infrastructure on the hubs, which will house staff and workshops, will link offshore wind farms in the North Sea region and transmit electricity to Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Interconnectors will also enable these countries to trade electricity. As a result, countries will be able to maximise their use of energy from renewable sources.

According to TenneT, for far-offshore wind farm sites, a coordinated international approach with an island-based solution will be 30% more cost-effective than the ‘business-as-usual’ connection model with HVDC converter platforms on individual jackets.

Allard Castelein, CEO, Port of Rotterdam commented “Industry needs sustainable electricity and hydrogen if it is to meet the climate change targets of the Paris Agreement. The concept of a North Sea Wind Power Hub is an appealing prospect for the development of a large-scale, sustainable energy system in the North Sea. We are experienced in seaward land reclamation, and we are happy to contribute this expertise to the consortium. We really need to speed up efforts to develop large-scale offshore wind energy capacity, and ensure this capacity is effectively integrated into the relevant plans of the North Sea countries.”

The EU’s climate change objectives will require  a significant development of offshore wind energy capacity in the North Sea. A specific scenario conducted by the consortium which is based on the COP21 Paris Agreement commitment estimates 180 GW offshore wind capacity by 2045 in the North Sea.

According to TenneT, the North Sea Wind Power Hub is to be developed from 2030 onwards and will make a major contribution towards achieving the objectives of the Paris climate change agreement.