Multiple applications for IJmuiden Ver Alpha and Beta permits – Vattenfall and Noordzeker confirmed

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) announced last week that it has received several applications for both permits to build a wind farm on sites Alpha and Beta in the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone in the Dutch North Sea. After Vattenfall, Noordzeker has also confirmed that it has submitted a bid.

At 2 GW each, these future wind farms will be the largest in the history of offshore wind in the Netherlands in terms of capacity, together able to provide for the equivalent of 14% of the current electricity consumption in the Netherlands. And it almost doubles the 4.7 GW of current installed capacity of offshore wind energy.

The tender for each lot was opened on Feb. 29. Wind farm developers could submit an application for permits for the construction and operation of a wind farm in site Alpha and/or Beta until Thursday 28 March 2024. RVO indicates that multiple applications were submitted for both lots.

Vattenfall and Noordzeker confirmed

RVO did not disclose the names of the participants. Earlier, energy company Vattenfall already confirmed its participation in both tenders. Together with an unnamed partner, the company submitted bids for both lots. Both bids were registered under the name ‘Zeevonk’.

Today Noordzeker, the consortium of pension fund ABP, APG and SSE Renewables, also confirmed that it is one of the participants. If the outcome of the tender is favorable to Noordzeker, plans for the first cooperative offshore wind farm in the Netherlands will get on step closer.

Last week, Eneco announced that, together with partner Equinor, it decided not to participate due to market uncertainty, among other reasons.

Winners expected to be announced in June

RVO will assess the applications together with two expert committees now the application period is closed. The Minister for Climate and Energy expects to announce the winners of the permits in June 2024. It will then be clear which developers are allowed to build and operate the wind farms in sites Alpha and Beta. The wind farms are expected to start supplying power to the Netherlands in 2029 or 2030.

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