Dutch-German TSO TenneT, global technology leader Hitachi Energy, and international services company Petrofac, have entered into early works agreements in support of TenneT’s 2GW Program.
Under the terms of the agreements, the companies will begin preparatory work and detailed engineering to ensure timely delivery of the first two Dutch offshore converter stations for TenneT’s high voltage direct current (HVDC) offshore wind grid expansion.
Hitachi Energy and Petrofac entered a collaboration in June 2022 to provide joint grid integration and associated infrastructure to foster acceleration of the energy transition. They will deploy their complementary high-voltage direct current (HVDC) and high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) solutions, and Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) expertise, in support of the preparatory works. This will also support the decarbonisation of power systems and delivery of clean energy.
According to Marco Kuijpers, Director Offshore at TenneT this first agreement secures the time schedule for the 2GW projects IJmuiden Ver Alpha (2029) and Nederwiek 1 (2030). TenneT expects to award the full framework contracts for the HVDC Platform scope of all the 2030 Road Map projects in the first quarter of 2023, also with the other envisaged partners.
TenneT’s innovative 2GW Program plays a crucial role in managing the energy transition from offshore and will help Europe become the world’s first climate-neutral continent. This new standard combines TenneT’s extensive expertise in offshore grid connections with a unique transnational approach. With its strong focus on harmonisation and standardisation, it provides a blueprint for future offshore grid connection systems and enables faster deployment. At the same time, the larger capacity of two gigawatts per system reduces the number of grid connections required.
At present, TenneT’s connection capacity is around 7.2 GW in the German North Sea and around 2.8 GW in the Dutch North Sea. The TSO says it is on course to achieve the 2030 offshore expansion target to reach 40 GW of installations in the Dutch and German North Seas. Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium have agreed to install at least 65 GW of offshore wind energy together by 2030 announced with the inter-governmental Esbjerg Declaration.
Above this, in 2022, Energy Ministers from the members of the North Seas Energy Cooperation (NSEC) and the European Commission have announced a significant increase in their collective ambition in the deployment of offshore renewable energy until 2050. The challenge is immense: This new approach will provide both growth opportunities and maximum planning security for all supply chains involved.