Oranje Wind Power II wins tender for offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (west) | News item

News item | 10-11-2022 | 18:00

The winner of the permit for one of the two wind farms in the Hollandse Kust (west) area is Orange Wind Power II, a subsidiary of RWE AG. It concerns the permit for the construction and operation of the Hollandse Kust (west) wind farm site VII, one of the two new wind farms in the North Sea in 2026. New innovations are applied here.

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The Hollandse Kust (west) wind energy area – HKW – is located more than 50 km off the Dutch coast. There are two lots within this wind energy area: HKW VI and HKW VII. The government issued a tender for building and operating permits this spring. The HKW VII wind farm will be realized without subsidy. A new feature of the tender is that the parties were able to make a financial offer and that they make innovative plans in the field of system integration.

Minister Rob Jetten: “This wind farm will account for about six percent of the current electricity consumption in the Netherlands, around 1 million households. Wind energy is also very important for companies and industry, which is increasingly replacing fossil fuels and raw materials with electrical applications. In this way we are taking another concrete step towards the goal of 21GW around 2030.”

System integration

In addition to electricity production, the government has challenged parties to come up with solutions for properly integrating all generated electricity into the Dutch energy system. This means, among other things, that – when more electricity is generated when there is a lot of wind than is needed at that moment – this is given a destination. Oranje Wind Power II has various plans for this, including 600 MW of onshore electrolysers (production of green hydrogen), 225 MW of e-boilers for district heating and industrial applications, batteries and floating solar energy at sea.

Ambitions 2030

All planned offshore wind farms together will provide approximately 75% of the current electricity needs by 2030. The cabinet has raised the ambition for offshore wind energy to 21 GW by 2030. Currently, approximately 2.5 GW offshore wind energy has been fully commissioned and a number of wind farms are under construction or have been granted a permit. The next wind farm to be licensed is IJmuiden Ver (4 GW). The Roadmap for Wind Energy at Sea 2030 describes how and when the designated wind energy areas will be developed into wind farms for the period 2024 – 2030.

The announcement of the winner of the permit for Hollandse Kust (west) plot VI is planned for Thursday 15 December 2022 at the latest. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) supervised the tender on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.

More information

  • Click here for details on, among other things, the tender procedure and the ranking criteria of these tenders
  • Click here for more information about which offshore wind farms have been realized, are in preparation or are under construction
  • Click here for a recent letter to the House of Representatives on licensing IJmuiden Ver (4 GW)