The Hollandse Kust (Zuid) Wind Farm Zone (HKZWFZ) lies to the west of the Netherlands, offshore from the province of Zuid-Holland (South Holland). This Wind Farm Zone has 4 sites. The tender round for HKZWFZ will offer two 350 MW projects for development: one at Site I of the zone, the other at Site II. This tender was open from 15 December 2017 until 21 December 2017.
The tender for Sites I and II of the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) wind farm will be a procedure without subsidies. The Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy announced this in a Letter to the Dutch Parliament on 28 June 2017.
For this tender the Netherlands Enterprise Agency received bids from market parties for the realisation of the wind farm without subsidies.
There is a legal term of 13 weeks for the assessment of the received applications. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency strive to assess all applications as soon as possible, within 13 weeks, so a winner can be announced.
Details of the tender and information on how the applications will be ranked can be found in the Ministerial Order.
The Ministerial Order for permitting offshore wind energy
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy published the Ministerial Order for permitting offshore wind energy on 17 October 2017 in the Government Gazette. The publication of this order is in Dutch. The English translation (pdf) is an unofficial document: it is only provided for convenience, rights do not apply.
This tender will be based on the procedure without subsidies provided for in the Offshore Wind Energy Act for applications for licenses for the Wind Farm Zone Hollandse Kust (zuid) Sites I and II (WFZHKZ).
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy published the Beleidsregel inzake wijziging van vergunningen windenergie op zee voor de kavels I en II Hollandse Kust (zuid) (Policy Rule concerning change permitting offshore wind energy) on 12 December 2017 in the Government Gazette.
On 1 November 2017, we organised an information meeting on the new tender. The presentations of this meeting are available.
RVO.nl has increased its emphasis on providing complete and high-quality site data of the wind farm zone. Details of all the site studies of HKZ WFS I and II can be found on offshorewind.rvo.nl.
Wind Farm Site Decisions
The Wind Farm Site Decisions Hollandse Kust (Zuid) Sites I and II and more legislation about offshore wind energy in the Netherlands can be found on Officiële bekendmakingen (in Dutch only).
On Wednesday 6 December 2017, the Council of State has ruled on the appeals against the Wind Farm Decisions (publication available in Dutch only). The Wind Farm Site Decisions Hollandse Kust (zuid) Sites I and Sites II are irrevocable since that date.
Project and site description
A final version of the Project and Site Description (PSD), together with a new version of Appendix A with the new legal framework, was published on 1 November 2017.
The PSD is designed to help any party with an interest in participating in the planned permit tender for Hollandse Kust Zuid Wind Farm Sites I and II (HKZWFS I and II), in the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) Wind Farm Zone in the Netherlands. The document describes the site, surroundings and characteristics of HKZWFS I and II.
- Project and Site Description Hollandse kust (zuid) I and II, October 2017 version, including
- Appendix A: Legal Framework, and
- Appendix B: Summary Environmental Impact Assessment, and
- Appendix C: Bounderies and Coordinates HKZWFS I and II.
New: The magazine Hollandse Kust, where wind and water works shows what the region has to offer for offshore wind energy.
Questions and answers
Questions about the tender have been answered by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency in the final version 2017 (pdf). This version is the translation of the Dutch version of 7 December 2017.