SSE Renewables unveils plans for Dutch wind farm bid

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 13/01/2022 SSE Renewables
SSE Renewables has announced plans to enter bids into the upcoming tenders for the 1.4 GW Hollandse Kust West Wind Farm Zone in the Netherlands which are set to take place in the first half of 2022.

Hollandse Kust West Wind Farm Zone is located approximately 53 kilometres off the west coast of the Netherlands in the North Sea. The total surface area of the Wind Farm Sites within the zone (including maintenance and safety zones) is approximately 187 km2. The Wind Farm Zone is expected to accommodate a minimum of 1.4 GW of fixed bottom offshore wind power capacity. Transmission system operator TenneT will construct 2 offshore platforms with 2 grid connections within the zone.

The Dutch government has draft published assessment criteria with half of the scoring based on a one-off financial payment; knowledge and experience; financial standing; and energy yield. The other half of the scoring is based on innovation. One tender will focus on rewarding ecological innovation (Site VI) and the other will focus on systems integration innovation (Site VII).

On 23 December 2021, the Dutch government issued revised draft Ministerial Orders, which included tender assessment criteria for the permits to develop the two individual 700 MW sites within the zone. The details of the application process are due to be published shortly and the window for tender submissions is scheduled between 14 April and 12 May 2022, with winners announced in the summer. The two tenders have a focus on innovation, with half of the points-based system for successful bidders being allocated to this category.

If successful, the
Hollandse Kust West projects will form part of SSE Plc’s recently published Net Zero Acceleration Programme, which includes fully funded £12.5bn strategic capital investment plans to 2026 alongside ambitious 2031 targets, aligned with 1.5 degree science based targets. The plans for renewables include an increase of 4 GW of renewables installed capacity (net) over the 5 years to 2026, doubling installed renewables capacity to 8 GW (net). This provides a platform for ambitious new 2031 targets including a fivefold increase in renewables output to 50 TWh, maintaining a sustained renewables pipeline in excess of 15 GW, and a trebling of SSE’s owned renewables capacity to over 13 GW (net) from c. 4 GW today. If SSE Renewables is successful in the tenders, the Hollandse Kust West projects are expected to be commissioned in 2025-2026, thereby making a contribution towards meeting these targets.

Dennis Breugelmans, Project Director, International Markets at SSE Renewables, said: “The Netherlands is one of the leading offshore wind markets in Europe. We welcome the Dutch Government’s ambitious new energy and climate programme and we want to bring our wealth of experience and track record in delivering cutting edge offshore wind projects. This will not only help the country meet its ambitious targets, but together with the local expertise of Dutch companies, we will bring forward innovations to help drive the whole Dutch offshore wind sector forward. The Hollandse Kust West tender will be a great opportunity for us to show what we can do, and we look forward to announcing more about our plans in the coming months.”