New Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap outlines where new wind farms will be built in the North Sea between 2024 and 2030.
In 2013, the Dutch government signed an Energy Agreement with parties involved in the energy market. It was agreed that 5 wind farms should be completed by 2023. Together with the existing wind farms, these should ensure a total installed capacity of 4.5 gigawatts. The new roadmap calls for offshore wind farms worth an additional 7 gigawatts.
Wind farm zones: the tenders
The summary below lists the tenders for wind farm zones that have already been built, and by whom. It also includes the wind farm zones for which tenders will be called in the future.
- 2015: Borssele Wind Farm Zone, Sites I and II (752 MW). This tender has been awarded to Ørsted Borssele.
- 2016: Borssele Wind Farm Zone, Sites III and IV (731.5 MW). This tender has been awarded to Blauwwind II C.V., a consortium of Eneco, Diamond Generating Europe (100% subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation), Shell and Van Oord.
- 2017: Hollandse Kust Zuid Wind Farm Zone 740 MW, Sites I and II. This tender has been awarded to Chinook C.V., limited partnership and a subsidiary company of Nuon/Vattenfall.
- 2017: Borssele Wind Farm Zone, Innovation Site V (19 MW). This tender has been awarded to Two Towers B.V., a company of Van Oord Renewable Finance, Investri Offshore and Green Giraffe Holding.
- 2018: Hollandse Kust (Zuid) Wind Farm Zone Sites III and IV. The tender is expected to open in the 4th quarter of 2018.
- 2019: Hollandse Kust Noord Wind Farm Zone 700 MW, Site V.
- 2021: Wind Farm Zone Hollandse Kust (west) 1400 MW.
- 2022: Wind Farm Zone north of the Wadden Islands 700 MW.
- 2023 – 2026: Wind Farm Zone IJmuiden Ver 4000 MW.
Existing wind farms in the North Sea
There are 4 active wind farms in the North Sea, which ensure a combined total installed capacity of 1000 MW.
- Egmond aan Zee wind farm (OWEZ, 108 MW) was built by Shell and Nuon, under the name of Noordzeewind.
- Prinses Amalia wind farm (120MW) was built by Eneco.
- Luchterduinen wind farm (129 MW) was built by Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation.
- The 2 wind farms Buitengaats en Zee-Energie, together called Gemini (600 MW) were built by four companies: Northland Power (60%), Siemens (20%), Van Oord (10%) and HVC (10%)
|Wind farm||Capacity wind farm (in megawatts)||Electricity for number of households||In use since|
|Egmond aan Zee (OWEZ)||108||100,000||2007|
Subsidy and permit applications
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) is executing the offshore wind energy subsidy and permit tenders on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. To establish these farms we provide a subsidy if necessary, a permit for building the wind farms, site data of the wind farms and a connection to the electricity network of TenneT. Subsidies and permits for the development of the wind farms will be awarded to the bid that meets all criteria.
- Letter to Parliament about the Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030 (pdf)
- Applicable law (only available in Dutch)
- Offshore Grid TenneT (only available in Dutch)
- Wind and Water Works
- Noordzeeloket (government information on the North Sea)
- NoordzeeWind (about the Egmond aan Zee wind farm)
- Gemini wind farm
In Dutch: Windenergie op zee