Netherlands begins characterizing new offshore wind areas

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) announced upcoming calls for tenders for geophysical surveys and archeological assessments of new areas designated to accommodate the country’s increased offshore wind target.

RVO plans to open a wind farm tender in the Dutch North Sea on June 24. The works include an archaeological desk study, geophysical data, and geotechnical data. The contract begins this year and ends in 2026. First drafts of desk studies for six other areas will follow the Nederwiek wind farm zone in the fourth quarter of 2024. Following RVO’s surveys, archaeologists will assess geophysical and geotechnical data from three areas.

RVO plans to open a geophysical survey tender for Nederwiek Wind Farm Sites Zuid & Noord (North & South) in July 2022. The offshore campaigns will begin in 2023.

Geophysical investigation deliverables will be published for use in offshore wind farm concession tenders. The geophysical survey tender will likely consist of two lots, one for each Nederwiek site; the exact scope will be determined later.

In March, the Dutch government designated three new offshore wind areas and confirmed two others. Nederwiek, Lagelander, and Doordewind are the three new wind energy areas, and IJmuiden Ver and Hollandse Kust West were reconfirmed.

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