TenneT launches HVDC cable tender for North Sea grid connectivity

To facilitate the transmission of offshore wind energy from the North Sea to end-users in Germany and the Netherlands, TenneT has issued a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable tender for at least ten connections.

“With our second large-scale EU tender this summer, we as a cross-border transmission system operator are once again giving the offshore market an important boost in terms of investment security, employment and the plannable development of resources and supply chains,” said TenneT COO Tim Meyerjürgens. “At the same time, the framework agreement secures cable orders for at least ten offshore grid connections in the German and Dutch North Sea for our innovative 2 gigawatt program.”

TenneT hopes to reach an eight-year agreement with its most important market partners for a second partnership. This contract includes both the subterranean cables from the coast to the onshore converter stations and the 525 kV subsea cables that will be laid from the offshore converter platforms in the North Sea to the coast.

At least 65 gigawatts of offshore wind energy will be installed by Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium by the year 2030. TenneT is responsible for nearly two-thirds of this total capacity, or 40 GW, with 20 GW located in the German and Dutch North Seas respectively.

Over and above this, Energy Ministers from NSEC countries and the European Commission have recently announced a major increase in their collective aim in the deployment of offshore renewable energy until 2050. Increased room for expansion and reassurance in long-term planning are two benefits that all supply chains will get from this fresh perspective.

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