Hollandse Kust (Zuid) Tender Publication Date Set for Early October

The Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands plans to publish the tender for the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) I and II offshore wind farm development sites in early October.

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As previously announced, developers planning to build the 700MW Hollandse Kust (Zuid) I and II zones without government subsidies will have a chance to submit their bids first and prior to the subsidy and permit tender.

In the tender without subsidies, bids will be evaluated based on criteria established in the Offshore Wind Energy Act. The criteria which will form the basis for the bid evaluation are the knowledge and experience of the parties involved; the quality of the design for the wind farm; the capacity of the wind farm; the social costs; the quality of the identification and analysis of the risks; and the quality of the measures to safeguard cost-effectiveness.

Applications can be submitted as of December 2017.

In the event the subsidy-free procedure fails to yield an acceptable bid, a tender that includes subsidies will be opened. These bids will then be ranked based on the bid price and this tender will be comparable to the previous tenders for the wind farms in the Borssele wind farm zone.

The Netherlands has six offshore wind sites in the pipeline at the two Hollandse Kust zones: four at Hollandse Kust (Zuid), and two at Hollandse Kust (Noord). Each of the sites at the wind farm zones can accommodate 350MW. 

The subsidy and permit tender for the 700MW Hollandse Kust (Zuid) zones III and IV is scheduled for 2018. The Hollandse Kust (Noord) subsidy and permit tender is slated for 2019.