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IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone

Published on:
15 November 2023
Last checked on:
10 April 2024

Would you like to compete for a permit for the construction of a wind farm in the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone far out in the North Sea? There are 3 permits available for this Wind Farm Zone. You could submit an application for sites Alpha and Beta until March 28, 2024. You can apply for site Gamma in 2025.

Duration

Start date:
Thursday, 29 February 2024
09:00 (CET)
End date:
Thursday, 28 March 2024
17:00 (CET)

Location of the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone

Which area is it?

The IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone (IJVWFZ) is located 33.4 nautical miles (62 km) off the west coast of the Netherlands. The total area of the sites within the IJVWFZ (including the maintenance and safety zones) is approximately 650 km². The IJVWFZ will supply approximately 6 GW of power to the Dutch electricity grid. That is 2 GW per site.

Grid operator TenneT will install 3 platforms with 3 grid connections in the area. TenneT's platforms all have a 2 GW direct current connection to a land station. With direct current, the voltage on the electricity grid remains constant. With alternating current, the voltage changes between positive voltage and negative voltage 50 times per second. These are the first offshore wind farms in the Netherlands to be connected with a direct current connection.

When can you apply?

The application period for the IJmuiden Ver Alpha and Beta Wind Farm Sites opened in the first quarter of 2024. You could submit an application from Thursday, February 29 at 9:00 AM until Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 5:00 PM. You can submit an application for the 3rd site, Gamma, in 2025.

On June 8, 2023, Minister for Climate and Energy Rob Jetten sent a Letter to the House of Representatives in which he explained the revised planning for IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Sites Alpha and Beta. The final planning and associated milestones for the offshore grid can be found in the updated version of the Offshore Wind Energy Development Framework (October 2023, in Dutch).

What conditions must you meet?

The procedure is a competitive tender. This means that the application with the highest score will receive the permit. When submitting your permit application for Wind Farm Sites Alpha and Beta, we will take the following aspects into account when determining your score:

  • The amount of your financial offer;
  • The certainty that you will realise the wind farm;
  • The contribution of the wind farm to energy supply;
  • The extent to which you adhere to the principles of the International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) Agreement for the Renewable Energy Sector;
  • The extent to which your proposal takes circularity (maximum use and reuse of raw materials), environmental impact and value retention into account in the design, construction, operation and disposal of the wind farm.
  • Additional criterion IJVWFS Alpha: the contribution of the wind farm to the ecosystem of the Dutch North Sea;
  • Additional criteria for IJVWFS Beta:
    • The applicant's contribution to integration of the wind farm into the Dutch energy system;
    • Measures that contribute to reducing harbour porpoise disturbance days in the construction phase of the wind farm.

All information about the criteria and conditions for your application can be found in the final Ministerial Orders.

Prepare your application

The Ministerial Orders contain information about the permits for construction and operation of the wind farms on IJVWFS Alpha and IJVWFS Beta. You can view the Ministerial Orders and other (draft) documents to prepare your application.

Some of the following documents are in Dutch. English translations will follow as soon as possible. These English translations will be produced for information purposes only and are not intended to replace any legal or formally communicated rules, regulations or requirements.

IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Site Alpha

IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Site Beta

The assessment of your application

In the appendices to the Ministerial Orders, you can see how we assess your application. The winner of a permit is determined with a comparative test, with points awarded per criterion. The appendices describe how points are earned. The more conditions are met, the more points are received and the higher the chance of obtaining the permit.

Other official notices

Wind Farm Site Decisions

You can find the original Dutch Wind Farm Site Decisions (WFSDs) for IJVWFS Alpha and IJVWFS Beta on the Bureau Energy Projects page (in Dutch). The Wind Farm Site Decisions are irrevocable. Below, you can find the translated regulations from the Wind Farm Site Decisions.

After your application

RVO will assess the applications together with two expert committees now the application period is closed. The Minister for Climate and Energy expects to announce the winners of the permits in June 2024. It will then be clear which developers are allowed to build and operate the wind farms in sites Alpha and Beta.

Read more about the closing of this tender

Questions and answers about your application

You were able to ask questions until 22 February 2024. You can find the latest version of the questions and answers below.

Site characterisation studies

Together with our partners, we conduct site studies in the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone. The data and reports from the site studies are regularly updated on offshorewind.rvo.nl. With the data from these site studies you can make plans and designs for offshore wind farms.

A strategy has been developed for wind and water research. This strategy provides the plan for developing the wind farms within the Additional Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap.

Apply

You can submit an application from Thursday, February 29 at 9:00 AM until Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 5:00 PM. The application page is in Dutch. You can find the translated versions of the application documents above.

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  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
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