Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) has informed about an upcoming invitation to tender for geotechnical soil investigations on the Hollandse Kust (noord) offshore wind farm zone in the Dutch North Sea.
The tender, valued at EUR 4 million, is divided into two lots and is planned to be opened on 18 December.
The first lot carries between 25% and 35% of the total value and covers a seabed PCPTs campaign with a target depth of 50-60 meters, while the second lot includes continuous sampling PCPT boreholes with a target depth of 50-80m and seismic PCPT boreholes with a target depth of 50-60 m; vibrocoring; MIC testing; a laboratory testing programme (cyclic and static) on the obtained soil samples; and creating a detailed geological ground model.
The 700MW Hollandse Kust (Noord) area is the last of the three North Sea wind farm zones to be surveyed as part of the Dutch government’s Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap programme.
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 Hollandse Kust Zuid I and II (totalling 700MW) is scheduled to open on 15 December 2017, with the tender for the zones III and IV (700MW) to follow in 2018.
The Hollandse Kust Noord (700MW) subsidy and permit tender is scheduled for 2019.