Vattenfall, BASF to make joint bid for Site VI of Hollandse Kust West
Two workers at an offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Photo: Vattenfall.
Swedish utility Vattenfall AB and German chemicals company BASF SE (ETR:BAS) have teamed up to bid for the 700-MW Site VI of the Hollandse Kust West (HKW) offshore wind farm zone in Dutch waters.
The 1.4-GW Hollandse Kust West zone is located about 53 kilometres off the west coast of the Netherlands and is being auctioned in two separate tenders, one for Site VI and one for Site VII. Both tenders will close on May 12, 2022, and a decision on the winners will be made after the summer.
Vattenfall and BASF pointed out that in order to win the Site VI tender, they have to include ecological measures in their concept. The duo expects the wind farm to generate first power in 2026.
The two companies already are partners in the 1.5-GW Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind project in the North Sea.
“With a joint bid for Hollandse Kust West Site VI, we are now taking this partnership one step further and BASF is participating at the earliest possible stage in a project that combines our need for additional amounts of renewable energy with ecological aspects in the marine area,” commented Lars Kissau, president of BASF.
The chemicals company targets reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030 and then achieving net-zero emissions from 2050. By the end of the current decade, BASF also projects that all of its 2021 global power demand will be met with renewables.