TenneT looks at cable options for 1.4-GW wind farm in Dutch waters
The three cable routes examined. Source: TenneT (http://www.tennet.eu).
Electricity transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT Holding BV has initiated field research activities on the potential cable routes for the 1,400-MW Hollandse Kust Zuid wind complex in the North Sea.
The Netherlands-headquartered company said on Thursday it will be exploring the soil conditions for three different cable routes, with studies to be carried out in July and August. According to one of the potential plans, the wind turbines will connect to a terminal at Wateringen, South Holland province, while the two other options envisage a connection in Maasvlakte, near Rotterdam.
The Dutch government is expected to decide on the final route after the summer. TenneT will start construction works on the preferred terminal in 2018.
The Hollandse Kust Zuid complex will comprise two 700-MW wind parks, scheduled for connection into the national grid by 2021.
By 2023, TenneT will connect 3,500 MW of wind turbines off the Netherlands.
Earlier this week, the TSO projected it will spend between EUR 8 billion (USD 9bn) and EUR 10 billion on offshore wind energy projects across the Netherlands and Germany over the next 10 years.
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