February 28 (Renewables Now) - Vattenfall AB today said it has prepared “a very solid proposal” for sites III and IV of the Hollandse Kust Zuid zone, to be awarded soon as part of the second subsidy-free tender for offshore wind in the Netherlands.
Swedish state-owned utility won the Hollandse Kust Zuid I and II projects, of 700 MW in total, in March 2018 in the first offshore tender in the country, which offered no subsidy. Now it confirms its participation in the second one, in which bids can be submitted between March 1 and March 14. The capacity to be awarded is 750 MW.
“There are scale advantages that can be realized if the two projects can be combined and that will bring significant benefits in terms of cost reductions, providing a very robust business case,” said Gunnar Groebler, senior VP and head of Wind at Vattenfall.
The company has already started with the first preparations for sites I and II, carrying out geographic surveys. It has 1.7 GW of offshore wind capacity installed in Europe.