The Netherlands Issues Rules for Next Offshore Wind Auction

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has issued regulations containing rules for the upcoming licensing of the Hollandse Kust (west) VI and Hollandse Kust (west) VII offshore wind zones in the North Sea.


As reported, the auction for the two sites will open for bids on 14 April and close on 12 May.

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The Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone (HKWWFZ) is located approximately 28.6 nautical miles (53 kilometres) off the west coast of the Netherlands and comprises two wind farm sites: HKW Wind Farm Site VI and VII.

Source: RVO

The total surface area of the sites within the zone, including maintenance and safety zones, is approximately 176 square kilometres.

The maximum number of turbines to be installed at each site is 60, with an individual rated capacity of at least 14 MW.

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Transmission system operator TenneT will construct two offshore platforms with two grid connections within the zone.

The project or projects are expected to be operational by 2025/26 and have a combined capacity of 1.4 GW.

Financial Bid

This will be the first time a financial bid by a potential developer is added to the selection process.

The financial bid in this tender is capped at EUR 50 million. This means the maximum score for the financial bid is achieved if a party bids EUR 50 million for the permit, RVO said.

A relative number of points is awarded for a lower bid, in steps of EUR 2.5 million per point.

The winner/s of the auction are expected to be announced in October 2022.

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NOTE: The original article has been amended.