Vattenfall wins tender to build Dutch offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 21, 2018

It is a significant step for us in view of our ambitions to grow in renewable energy production.

In October previous year, Vattenfall has announced that start of construction work on the 406.7MW Horns Rev 3 wind farm off the coast of Danish North Sea. "It's a great honor for us to get the opportunity to contribute with this project to the transformation of the Dutch energy system".

The company had also placed an order with Siemens Gamesa for the supply of almost 1GW of wind turbines for three offshore wind farms.

The Dutch government has selected Vattenfall AB as the winning bidder in the country's first zero-subsidy offshore wind tender for sites I and II of the Hollandse Kust Zuid zone.

According the tender rules, the wind farm needs to be fully operational within 5 years after an irrevocable permit.

"This allows us to keep the energy transition affordable".

The announcement was heralded by offshore wind and renewable energy proponents in Europe as a landmark occasion.

The Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farms are set to be located 22.2 kilometers off the west coast of the Netherlands and will have a maximum capacity of between 700 and 750 MW - likely hovering in that middle area due to the potential availability of larger offshore wind turbines.

Swedish utility Vattenfall has won the right to build a 700 megawatt (MW) subsidy-free wind farm in the Dutch part of the North Sea, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Monday.

Following completion, the offshore wind park will become the first one in the world to be constructed without using subsidies.

Technological developments and government support have helped offshore wind dramatically reduce its cost in recent years.

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