Dutch pension fund ABP has set up a new partnership that intends to bid in an upcoming tender for 4 GW of offshore wind sites in the North Sea, it said on Monday.
The consortium, called Noordzeker, will take part in the bidding for the IJmuiden Ver wind farm off the Netherlands, planned to be installed within a larger wind farm zone located 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) off the west coast of the Netherlands. The specific zone is expected to accommodate 6 GW of offshore turbine capacity in six sites, four of which are due to be auctioned next year to create a 4-GW complex.
According to media reports, ABP is looking for experts, investors and other private companies to join Noordzeker.
The registration process for the tender will be launched at the end of 2023, with winners to be announced in the first half of the following year. A tender for sites V and VI of the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone (IJVWFZ) is planned to be held in 2025.
The Netherlands is already working to deliver 21 GW of offshore wind by 2030 as a step from a more ambitious plan for 70 GW of offshore wind energy by 2050. Last week, the government selected Germany’s RWE AG (ETR:RWE) to build one of the two wind farms in the 1.5-GW Hollandse Kust West (HKW) area in the Dutch part of the North Sea. The winner of the other 700-MW site, HKW VI, is due to be announced in December.
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