November 23 (Renewables Now) - German utility Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG (ETR:EBK), or EnBW, has set up a Dutch subsidiary so as to be able to take part in a 700-MW offshore wind tender, Reuters reports, citing official documents.
According to regulatory filings in the Netherlands, EnBW Wind op Zee has been set up in September. It is still not clear whether EnBW will take part in the subsidy-free auction or will wait for a second round with subsidies, Reuters said on Wednesday.
EnBW was in April selected as the winning bidder for the construction of a 900-MW offshore wind farm without state subsidies in Germany's first offshore wind auction. That auction inspired the Netherlands to hold a zero-subsidy tender between December 15 and December 21 for the 350-MW phases I and II of the Hollandse Kust Zuid zone. The Dutch government's plan is to launch a tender with subsidies if the subsidy-free one is unsuccessful.
The Netherlands seeks to add 3,500 MW of offshore wind capacity by 2023 with the help of several auctions in the period 2015-2019. The first tender, for the Borssele I & II projects, was won by Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED), formerly known as Dong Energy, while a consortium comprising Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS:RDSA), Eneco Holding NV, Mitsubishi Corp (TYO:8058) and Van Oord NV will build the Borssele III & IV offshore wind farms totalling 700 MW.