The Dutch government on Thursday 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 German energy major’s proposal has been selected in a competitive tender within an area consisting of the HKW VI and HKW VII lots, each set to host 700 MW of turbine capacity. RWE’s subsidiary Oranje Wind Power II has won the right to build and operate an offshore wind farm within site HKW VII, located more than 50 kilometres (31.1 miles) off the Dutch coast.
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The project will be realised without using government subsidies. It is due to become operational in 2026.
As the tender had a requirement for proposing grid-integration solutions, RWE’s plan envisages the wind park to be connected to 600 MW of onshore electrolysers for hydrogen production. The produced hydrogen will be supplied to existing and new industrial customers in the Netherlands. In addition, e-boilers for heating, battery storage and charging solutions for electric vehicles and floating solar panels will also be integrated.
Once commissioned the HKW VII offshore park will be capable of generating electricity for around one million homes, or around 6% of the Netherlands’ current electricity consumption.
The winner for lot HKW VI is due to be announced by December 15 at the latest.