Nov 5, 2014 - A pair of consultancies, namely DNV GL and Grontmij (AMS:GRONT), have been hired to help TenneT Holding BV beef up the Dutch high-voltage grid so as to prepare it for more wind power.
Norwegian testing and advisory firm DNV GL and Dutch engineering consultancy Grontmij will be joined by partners Roos+Bijl and Joulz BV to provide engineering services as part of the project, DNV GL said today. The framework agreement the five parties have signed is worth a total of EUR 39 million (USD 48.7m). The cooperation will last three years with an option to be extended.
DNV GL and Grontmij will be providing services in the field of spatial integration of connectors and stations, environmental impact, soil surveys, permits, feasibility studies, high-voltage engineering, architectural design and supervision.
TenneT’s goal is to make its network and systems “future-proof” in view of the rising renewable power generation from wind parks, the Norwegian firm explained. The project will also expand the connection capacity with the Netherlands’ neighbouring countries.
The Netherlands’ objective is to add 3.45 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2020. TenneT is currently drawing up an offshore grid development plan after being chosen in June 2014 to be the country's sole operator of the offshore electricity grid under law.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.249)
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