Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium agreed to install at least 65 gigawatts of offshore wind energy collectively by 2030 in the Esbjerg Declaration. With 40 gigawatts, TenneT will be responsible for nearly two-thirds of this, with 20 gigawatts each in the German and Dutch North Seas.
To ensure that the supply chain can plan for necessary investments, achieving these offshore targets calls for a new tendering strategy.
With important market partners, TenneT intends to sign a cooperation agreement that could last up to eight years. The agreement includes converters for the two-way conversion between alternating and direct currents, offshore platforms and onshore stations, and converters. For a projected 15 to 20 offshore grid connection systems, the latter is based on ground-breaking 2-gigawatt high-voltage direct current technology. Up to 30 billion euros worth of orders could be placed overall.
The large-scale tender’s impetus sends a clear message to the market. It emphasizes the long-term goal of accumulating all necessary resources, including industry sites, personnel, and materials. The entirety of this large-scale tender will give the market the investment security and planning acceleration it needs, whereas individual projects have always been tendered sequentially in the past.
Currently, TenneT’s offshore connection capacity is made up of roughly 2.5 GW in the Dutch North Sea and 7.2 GW in the German North Sea. Europe will become the first continent to be climate neutral thanks to TenneT’s ground-breaking 2GW Program, which is essential in managing the offshore energy transition.
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