Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone (HKWWFZ) is located approximately 28.6 nautical miles (53 kilometre) off the west coast of the Netherlands. There are 2 wind farm sites designated within the HKWWFZ: HKW Wind Farm Site VI and VII. Tenders for the permits to develop the sites have been issued by the Dutch Government.
The tender is closed.
The total surface area of the Wind Farm Sites within the zone (including maintenance and safety zones) is approximately 176 km2. Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone will accommodate 1,400 MW of offshore wind power capacity. Transmission system operator TenneT will construct 2 offshore platforms with 2 grid connections within the HKWWFZ.
The tenders for both sites opened 14 April 2022 and closed at 5:00 PM (CEST) on 12 May 2022. The winners are due to be announced after the summer (2022).
Letter to Parliament and market consultation
On 13 October 2021, the State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) informed the House of Representatives in a letter to Parliament. The letter concerns the intention to open the tenders for Hollandse Kust (west) (HKW) Wind Farm Sites VI and VII. In this letter, the choice for two comparative assessments, each with a financial bid, was announced. The details of the financial bid were elaborated on in the following weeks, in consultation with the Ministry of Finance. And on the basis of an informal and confidential consultation with the wind sector, and the Afry Report (The business case and supporting interventions for Dutch offshore wind).
On 9 March 2022, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy published the Ministerial Orders for Sites VI and VII of the Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone (Dutch) in the Government Gazette. The final drafts of the Ministerial Orders were translated and can be found in Appendix A of the Project and Site Description Hollandse Kust (west). These translations are unofficial documents and are only provided for convenience. Rights do not apply.
Policy rule amendment
The policy rule to be published, amendment of the permit for offshore wind energy for Hollandse Kust (west) Site VI and Site VII, will explain the conditions under which the permit may be amended. The premise is all ranking scores will remain the same or improve as a result of the amendment. Also, no 'exchange' of points between different criteria may take place.
Wind Farm Site Decisions
In the Government Gazette of December 9, 2021, notification was made of the publication of the Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Site Decisions VI and VII. The Wind Farm Site Decisions were available for review until Friday, 21 January 2022. An appeal has been lodged. The Wind Farm Site Decisions are not yet irrevocable.
On 25 February 2022 Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Site Decisions VI and VII were published in the Government Gazette. These publications are written in Dutch. English translations are available in Appendix A of the Project and Site Description Hollandse Kust (west). The translations are unofficial documents and only provided for convenience. Rights do not apply.
Development Framework for Offshore Wind Energy
The publication of the Development Framework for Offshore Wind Energy, version May 2021, by the State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, is available in Dutch. An English translation can be found om Appendix A of the Project and Site Description Hollandse Kust (west). This translation is an unofficial document: it is only provided for convenience, rights do not apply.
Available site studies
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency has commissioned various studies about Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone in preparation for this procedure. All available data will be published at offshorewind.rvo.nl.
Description Wind Farm Sites
You can find a description of the Offshore Wind Farm Zone Hollandse Kust (west) Site VI and VII, including a summary of available site characterisation studies in the Project and Site Description Hollandse Kust (west) (June 2021) and appendices:
- Appendix A: Applicable law (pdf - March 2022)
- Appendix B: Environmental Impact Assessment (pdf - November 2020)
- Appendix C: Boundaries and Coordinates and coordinates (excel - March 2021)
Appendix A has English translations of applicable law and application forms. These translations are unofficial documents and are only provided for convenience. Rights do not apply.
Applications for permits
Interested developers and consortia were able to submit applications up to Thursday 12 May 2022 17:00 hours. We received several applications to realise the 2 wind farms in the North Sea in the Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone (HKWWFZ). We will assess these applications together with 2 expert committees.
The Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, Rob Jetten, expects to announce the winner(s) after the summer period. The wind farms will have a combined capacity of at least 1400 megawatt (2x 700 MW). These will produce electricity without government subsidies. Offshore grid operator TenneT will install 2 substation platforms within the area, with 2 grid connections to link the wind farms to the Dutch onshore electricity network.
In March 2022, the Dutch Cabinet designated 3 new areas for offshore wind farms: Nederwiek, Lagelander, and Doordewind. And confirmed 2 that had been designated earlier: the northern part of IJmuiden Ver and the southern part of Hollandse Kust (west). With these 5 areas total planned capacity for offshore wind in the Netherlands doubles to 21 gigawatts by 2030.
Questions and answers
We were open for questions about the tenders for the permits until April 7, 2022. The asked questions and answers can be found below.
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