A permit and, if necessary, a subsidy will be made available for the development of Hollandse Kust (Zuid) Wind Farm Zone Sites III (350 MW) and IV (350 MW). To do this, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) will be organising a procedure (a comparative assessment or a subsidy tender).
On 28 September 2018 the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has informed the Dutch Parliament about the tender procedure for the offshore Wind Farm Zone Hollandse Kust (zuid) Wind Farm Sites III and IV (HKZWFS III and IV). Part of this procedure was the publication of a draft of the Ministerial Order for permitting offshore wind energy HKZWFS III and IV. A translation was provided and there was a consultation about this draft version.
Please send us your questions through email@example.com. The last questions to be answered must be in possession of RVO.nl on Friday 22 February 2019 1700 hours CET. They will be answered as soon as possible. From that moment there will be a period of radio silence until the announcement of the tender decision.
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 3 December 2018 in the Government Gazette. The publication of this order is in Dutch. An English translation is available. The translation is an unofficial document: it is only provided for convenience, rights do not apply. The tender to develop the Wind Farm Sites III & IV will run from 1 March till 14 March 2019, 17:00.
The Central Government Real Estate Agency
Approximately 70% of both Wind Farm Sites Hollandse Kust (zuid) III & IV are located within the 12 miles zone of the Dutch territories. This means a seabed lease has to be established between the wind farm operator and The Central Government Real Estate Agency. Apart from the seabed lease for the wind turbines, a rental agreement for the infield cabling between the wind turbines and the TenneT platform has to be signed. An English translation of the Seabed Lease, Rental Agreement, General Terms and Conditions can be found below.
From November 13th until November 23rd 2018 17:00 hours CET there was a consultation about draft versions.
Right to the seabed lease
The Central Government Real Estate Agency has calculated the cost for the right to the seabed lease at these sites, based on a rate of € 0.98 per MWh every year, using a fixed total capacity of 350 MW and 4,000 full load hours. The payment is fixed and independent of the final actual installed capacity or output from the wind farms and is only required for the part of the wind farm within the 12 miles zone. For Site III this is 70.94% and for Site IV it is 68.02%.
The amounts for the first year of operation have therefore been fixed at:
- Site III: € 973,296.80/year
- Site IV: € 933,234.40/year
These annual payments will be required 4 years after the permits have become irrevocable and will be indexed for the period of operation.
From the moment the permits are given to the winner up to the moment of the payment of the right of superficies seabed lease, a fee of € 650/MW/year has to be paid for the part of the site within the 12 miles zone (Site III 70.94% and Site IV 68.02%). This translates to:
- Site III: € 161,388.50/year
- Site IV: € 154,745.50/year
These payments (indexed) will also be required for the period from when the wind farm ceases operation until it has been fully decommissioned and removed.
Rental price cables
The rental price for the infield cables is fixed at a one-off amount of € 3.17 per m2 impacted corridor. The width of the impacted corridor is fixed at 0.3 m. For Site III, the impacted part is calculated as a total cable length of 60 km, whilst for Site IV the calculated length is 70 km.
For the part of the site within the 12 miles zone (Site III 70.94% and Site IV 68.02%) the rental price for the cables and pipes have therefore been fixed at:
- Site III: € 40,478.36 (one-off payment)
- Site IV: € 45,280.91 (one-off payment)
The final documents with all the requirements will be published in mid-December.