Shell and Eneco celebrate Hollandse Kust Noord success

In: Windfarms
29/07/2020
The CrossWind consortium, a joint venture between Shell in the Netherlands and Eneco, has been named winner of the tender for the subsidy-free Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm off the Dutch coast. Both companies have already taken their final investment decisions on the project.

The consortium plans to have the project operational in 2023 with an installed capacity of 759 MW, generating at least 3.3 TWh per year. This is enough renewable power to supply more than 1 million Dutch households with green electricity. The wind farm will be located 18.5 kilometres off the coast of The Netherlands near the town of Egmond aan Zee.

In order to offset the intermittent nature of offshore wind energy, the consortium is including five technology demonstrations in the project which could be implemented at full-scale in the future. It includes a floating solar park; short-term battery storage; turbines that are optimally tuned to the network to minimise the negative ‘wake’-effects that wind turbines have on each other; ‘green hydrogen’ made by electrolysis as a further storage technique.

CrossWind stated it intends to work closely with universities and scientific institutions to develop further technical innovations and share the lessons learned from developing this wind farm with a broad audience.

Maarten Wetselaar, Director of Shell Integrated Gas and New Energies, comments: “We are proud to realise Hollandse Kust (noord) together with our joint venture partner, Eneco. Offshore wind will play a pivotal role in the worldwide energy transition. It will also be another important next step in our ambition to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society. This wind farm is a crucial part of a new value chain – from wind to hydrogen – with our ambition to build a green hydrogen plant in Rotterdam and with NortH2. This investment fits very well with Shell’s aspirations to competitively deliver more and cleaner energy to our customers, at home, on the go and at work.”


Kees-Jan Rameau, Chief Strategic Growth Officer Eneco, adds: “We are pleased that we, together with our trusted partners, are making another major contribution to the Dutch energy transition. We are using our combined experience, expertise and financial capacity for the rapid realisation of the first offshore innovative wind farm focused on system integration. The sustainable, locally generated energy will make an important contribution to our ambition to support every household and company in the Netherlands to switch to a sustainable and clean energy supply.”

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) closed the subsidy-free tender for the
Hollandse Kust Noord Wind Farm Zone in the North Sea in May. It only received two applications for the site with Ørsted being the only other applicant.

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