Netherlands to launch tender for 1.4-GW offshore wind zone in Apr

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December 30 (Renewables Now) - The tender for the Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone offshore the Netherlands, which can accommodate 1,400 MW of capacity, will open on April 14 next year.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy published draft orders for the zone’s two sites, VI and VII, on December 23. It will be accepting responses to them till January 11, after which a final version of the orders will be published in the Government Gazette.

The tender for the permit to develop the sites will close on May 12, 2022, with the winners expected to be unveiled after the summer the same year.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) said it will organise an online information meeting about the tender on January 31.

A novelty in the process is the addition of a financial bid with a cap of EUR 50 million. A bidder will earn the maximum score for the financial bid if they bid EUR 50 million (USD 56.5m) for the permit. A lower bid will lead to lower points in steps of EUR 2.5 million per point.

The wind farm is expected to come on stream in 2025/2026.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.130)

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