RWE wins tender Hollandse Kust (west) VII

This evening, Oranje Wind Power II, a subsidiary of RWE AG, was announced winner of the subsidy-free tender for the Hollandse Kust (west) wind farm site VII. The company has won the exclusive rights for the construction and operation of a 760 MW offshore wind farm at approximately 53 kilometres off the coast off the Dutch west coast.

Hollandse Kust (west) VII is one of two sites in the Hollandse Kust West wind energy area which covers around 176 km2 and allows for the development of 1,400 MW wind power (700 MW each). Site decisions were published in the Government Gazette earlier this year. Tenders for both sites opened on April 14, 2022, and closed on May 12, 2022. Several consortia participated in the tender for HKW VII, including SSE Renewables and Brookfield Renewables, in a 50/50 partnership, Vattenfall and BASF, Shell & Eneco, BP, and Ørsted and TotalEnergies.

System integration

A new feature was that developers would be able to make financial bids. Also new was an additional assessment criterion for each of the two tenders. For the permit for Site VII, this is innovation of system integration. In addition to the production of offshore wind energy, the Government has requested parties to come up with new solutions for fully integrating all the electricity generated into the Dutch energy system. This means, among other things, that any surplus electricity generated by the wind farm – such as when there are strong winds – can still be used.

RWE’s ultimate goal is to perfectly match the demand for energy to the flexible generation profile of offshore wind farms, contributing to grid stability. To unlock full system integration the concept for HKW VII combines offshore wind with electrolyser capacity for green hydrogen production, and other flexible demand solutions like e-boilers and battery storage. In addition RWE plans to combine the HKW VII offshore wind farm with floating solar panels to allow a more efficient use of ocean space.
The wind farm is expected to be in full operation no later than 5 years after the permit is irrevocable.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this opportunity by the Dutch government. Winning this offshore site marks RWE’s entry into the Dutch offshore wind market, one of our key strategic growth markets in Europe. Hollandse Kust West VII will seriously contribute to the energy transition by producing green electricity for almost one million Dutch homes. With our innovative concept we developed a blueprint for a new generation of offshore wind farms, which can be perfectly integrated into the energy system.”

Markus Krebber, CEO of RWE AG

HKW VI

The award decision for the second site, HKW site VI, with a focus on innovations in the field of ecology, will be announced 15 December latest. RWE also submitted a bid for HKW VI. The outcome of this tender is expected by the end of this year.Grid operator TenneT will be installing 2 offshore platforms with 2 grid connections within the wind energy area.

2030 ambitions

The projects are expected to be commissioned in 2025-2026 and contribute to achieving the goal of 21 GW of offshore wind energy around 2030. Combined, all the offshore wind farms planned under the Additional Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap will provide approximately 75% of Dutch electricity needs by 2030. Currently, approximately 2.5 GW offshore wind capacity has been fully commissioned and a number of wind farms are under construction or have been granted a permit. The Additional Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030 describes how and when designated wind farm zones will be developed. The next zone due to be licensed will be IJmuiden Ver (4 GW). Source: RVO/RWE

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