Shell and Eneco are competing in the tenders for the Hollandse Kust (west) lot VI and VII offshore wind farms through their joint ventures Ecowende and SchakelWind.
Shell and Eneco’s Ecowende joint venture aims to create an offshore wind farm with a thriving ecosystem, with minimal impact on birds, bats, and the underwater world. Ecowende has developed an extensive program with measures and innovative experiments in collaboration with dozens of partners from the Netherlands and abroad, including experts, knowledge institutions, and commercial partners. The program will aid in the acquisition and improvement of knowledge while also transporting a large audience to the North Sea’s beauty.
Shell and Eneco hope to enable a new phase in the energy transition for all sectors in the Dutch Climate Agreement through SchakelWind. SchakelWind’s mission is to set a new standard for offshore wind farm integration: a net positive impact on the Dutch energy system.
In addition to the wind farm Hollandse Kust (west) lot VII, SchakelWind, together with other companies, will be investing heavily across the country. The wind farm’s green energy will be used as efficiently and widely as possible to help the Netherlands become more sustainable. SchakelWind will support the future integration of offshore wind with various innovations and an extensive dissemination and communication program that includes internships and PhD research.
Wind farm bidders
The Hollandse Kust (west) VI and VII are expected to provide enough energy to green approximately 6% of the Dutch electricity demand. Both wind farms will be built 53 kilometers off the coast of the Netherlands, near IJmuiden, and will begin operations in 2026.
Aside from Shell and Eneco, various companies are bidding for the Hollandse Kust (west) sites. These include SSE Renewables and Brookfield Renewables, in a 50/50 partnership, and Vattenfall and BASF. Both lots VI and VII are being bid on by energy companies.
Hollandse Kust (west) tenders were opened in April by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, and will close on May 12, 2022.