TenneT kicks off 2 GW Dutch grid tender

4C Offshore | James Bernthal-Hooker
By: 04/10/2021 TenneT

Transmission operator (TSO) TenneT has launched a tender for 2 GW stations for the
IJmuiden Ver projects in the Dutch North Sea.

The TSO is seeking offshore platforms and HVDC systems in the IJmuiden Ver wind area. It anticipates a contract award by the end of 2022, and for the first 2 GW IJmuiden Ver connection to be operational in 2028.

The 2 GW connection standard is part of TenneT's "2 GW Programme", which aims to provide "even more green energy in a safe and cost-efficient way" to Europe from the North Sea. The aim is to set up at least six standardized offshore grid connections, each with a capacity of 2 GW.

"The European climate objectives are becoming more and more ambitious. If we want to meet the EU Fit for 55 targets, we need to speed up what we are doing three to four times. Offshore wind plays a crucial role in the energy transition: Europe wants to connect a total of 60 GW of offshore energy by 2030 and nothing less than 300 GW by 2050", commented TenneT in a press release.

"Together with market parties, TenneT developed a new 2GW (Gigawatt) standard to be able to accelerate offshore wind deployment. The new standard aims to further reduce the costs of offshore wind and to minimise the spatial and environmental impact. The new 2GW standard will more than double the capacity in comparison to the previous 900 MW HVDC standard and almost triple the 700 MW AC standard."

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