Expert Support Wanted for 4 GW Dutch Offshore Wind Zone

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has issued an invitation to tender seeking experts to support RVO in managing offshore wind farm site studies for the 4 GW IJmuiden Ver zone.

The tender is divided into two lots. Lot 1 will cover expert support on soil investigations, and Lot 2 expert support on wind and water investigations at IJmuiden Ver.

More specifically, Lot 1 concerns expert support on geophysical, geotechnical and morphodynamical investigations and ground modelling.

Lot 2 covers expert support on wind resource assessments, metocean conditions and modelling, and client representatives during a metocean campaign.

The contracts are expected to start in October 2021 and end in December 2024.

The tender will remain open until 16 August.

Located some 62 kilometres off the west coast of the Netherlands, the 400 km2 IJmuiden Ver zone is divided into four sites – IJmuiden Ver I,II, III, and IV.

The Dutch government will issue two tenders for the permits to develop the sites, in 2023 for IJmuiden Ver I and II, and in 2025 for III and IV.

IJmuiden Ver is one of the three sites identified in the Dutch Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030. The three zones have a combined capacity of 6.1 GW and will help the Netherlands reach the target of 11.5 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.