Tender for geophysical survey in expansion area of Wind Farm Zone IJmuiden Ver

On 31 October, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, through the Netherlands Entreprise Agency (RVO), published a tender for geophysical surveys in part of the Wind Farm Zone IJmuiden Ver. Parties can tender until 13:00 on 14 December.

The tender will consist of an extension of investigation area in the North of IJmuiden Ver WFZ and will consist of approximately 250 km². The objective of the geophysical soil investigation is to improve the bathymetrical, morphological and geological understanding and to identify objects in the designated wind farm sites. A second objective is to obtain geophysical information on these locations, which is suitable for the preparation of geotechnical investigations and for the design and installation requirements of offshore wind farms.

IJmuiden Ver zone: from 4 to 6 GW

The IJmuiden Ver WFZ lies approximately 62 km off the west coast of the Netherlands in the North Sea. In this wind farm zone, 4 lots have been designated: I, II, III and IV. The Dutch government will launch two tender procedures for the permits to develop this wind energy area. The wind energy area will supply approximately 4 GW of electricity to the Dutch power grid. Grid manager TenneT will install two platforms with two grid connections in the area. The tendering rounds for I and II are planned for 2023 and those for III & IV in 2025. The project must be completed by 2027.

IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone is located 62 km off the west coast of the Netherlands. There will be 4 wind farm sites designated within the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone: IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Site I, II, III, and IV. The Dutch Government will issue 2 tenders for the permits to develop the sites: in 2023 for IJmuiden Ver I & II and in 2025 for IJmuiden Ver III & IV. These wind farm sites will accommodate 4 GW of offshore wind capacity. Transmission system operator TenneT will construct 2 offshore platforms with grid connections in the zone.

At the Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference last week in Amsterdam, RVO and TenneT stated that the IJmuiden Ver zone will probably comprise three instead of two 2 GW grid connections and 6 GW instead of 4 GW of total installed offshore wind capacity, with the zone planned to comprise six areas instead of four.

The geophysical surveys are for IJmuiden Ver V & VI. The intention is to carry out the field work in Q2-Q3 of 2022. The objective of the geophysical soil investigation is to improve the bathymetrical, morphological and geological understanding and to identify objects in the designated wind farm sites. A second objective is to obtain geophysical information on these locations, which is suitable for the preparation of geotechnical investigations and for the design and installation requirements of offshore wind farms. Source: Tendernet

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