International consortium is looking to enter the Dutch offshore market

Tuesday, 17 November, 2015 - 10:30
The Netherlands is looking to expand its offshore wind power. A consortium consisting of RWE Innogy from Germany, the Spanish company EDP Renewables and the financial consulting firm Macquarie is planning to participate in the first tender. (Photo: Pixabay / BRRT)
The Netherlands is looking to expand its offshore wind power. A consortium consisting of RWE Innogy from Germany, the Spanish company EDP Renewables and the financial consulting firm Macquarie is planning to participate in the first tender. (Photo: Pixabay / BRRT)

RWE Innogy, EDP Renewables and Macquarie Capital have signed a strategic partnership to participate in the tender for the Dutch offshore wind farms Borssele I and II. The Consortium will initially be focusing on the first auction round with a volume of 700 MW.

The Dutch government is planning several tenders over the next few years to increase the current total capacity of offshore wind power by 3.5 GW to 4.5 GW. In order to achieve this, wind farms at five sites will be tendered between 2015 and 2019. The wind farms are distributed across three zones: the southern and northern Dutch coasts as well as Borssele in the southwest of the Netherlands. Wind farms with a capacity of 1,400 MW each will be built in Borssele and on the northern Dutch coast, and the remaining 700 MW will be installed on the southern coast. 

The first zone, Borssele, is divided into four plots. A 350-MW power plant will be constructed at each of these sites. The zone is located approximately 500 metres from the Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and covers an area of roughly 344 km². TenneT will install the grid connection and two offshore substations in the zone. The tender for the offshore wind farms Borssele I and II, each of which will have a capacity of 350 MW and be installed on one of the first four plots, will begin on 1 December 2015 and is expected to end on 31 March 2016.

The Dutch government will announce the winner of the tender within 13 weeks after it concludes, which is why the contract is not likely to be awarded before the beginning of July 2016.

Hans Bünting, managing director of RWE Innogy, explains: "The formation of this consortium is an important step towards participating in the upcoming tender in the Netherlands."

Tanja Peschel

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