Dutch government issues details for Hollandse Kust (west) offshore wind tenders

Yesterday, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy published the Ministerial Orders for Sites VI and VII of the Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone (HKWWFZ) in the Government Gazette. Tenders for both sites will open on April 14, 2022, and close on May 12, 2022.

The HKWWFZ is located about 53 kilometres off the west coast of the Netherlands. Within the zone, two wind farm sites have been designated: HKW Wind Farm Site VI and VII. The total surface area of the Wind Farm Sites is approximately 176 km2. The HKWWFZ will have a total capacity of 1,400 MW. TenneT, the transmission system operator, plans to build two offshore platforms with two grid connections in the area.

A letter to Parliament regarding the intention to open tenders for the Hollandse Kust (west) (HKW) Wind Farm Sites VI and VII was sent in October 2021. The choice of two comparative assessments was announced in this letter.

Two new features

The construction of the new wind farms will again be done without subsidies. A new feature is that developers will be able to make financial bids. Also new is an additional assessment criterion for each of the two tenders. For the permit for Lot VI, this is the contribution to innovations in the field of ecology. For Lot VII, this is innovation of system integration.

Tenders open in April

The tenders for both sites open 14 April 2022 and close at 5:00 PM (CEST) on 12 May 2022. After the tenders are closed, the applications will be assessed within 13 weeks. This can be extended once by 13 weeks. The winners are expected to be announced in October 2022. The new wind farms will start supplying wind energy in 2025-2026. Source: RVO

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