Offshore Wind Energy

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.

Offshore Wind Energy

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 farmCapacity wind farm (in megawatts)Electricity for number of householdsIn use since
Prinses Amalia120125,0002008
Egmond aan Zee (OWEZ)108100,0002007

Subsidy and permit applications

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( 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.

More information

In Dutch: Windenergie op zee

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