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Fugro today reported a net loss of EUR 309 million and 1,430 jobs lost in 2016, due to low activity in the oil and gas sector. The company’s revenue amounted to EUR 1.8 billion, a 22.7% decline from the EUR 2.4 billion reported for 2015. However, offshore wind has brought several projects to the company last year.
The House of Representatives of the Netherlands has voted in favour of carrying out further research to determine if new offshore wind farms can be added to increase the country’s target of having a total of 4.45GW of offshore wind generation capacity commissioned by 2023.
The House of Representatives of the Netherlands will today vote on a proposal to add new offshore wind farm zones and raise the country’s goal of having 4.45GW of offshore wind generation capacity commissioned by 2023.
The House of Representatives of the Netherlands has received a motion to look into the possibility of adding new offshore wind farm zones to the country’s list of projects scheduled for commissioning by 2023.
From a sea of major updates that hit the headlines last year, Offshore WIND has chosen a few that could sketch the sector’s progress by looking at various developments across the globe in 2018.
The Dutch government did not just single-handedly decide to go forward with zero-subsidy tenders, serious developers tell and show it is possible, and as long as this is the case the government will not provide unnecessary subsidies or other forms of market protection, Ruud de Bruijne from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) said in an interview with Offshore WIND.
There are no local content requirements in offshore wind tenders in the Netherlands because the Dutch government sees competition as key to achieving cost reductions, Ruud de Bruijne, Project Manager Offshore Wind Energy at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) said during the Offshore WIND Conference in Amsterdam.
As reported recently, the upcoming offshore wind tender in the Netherlands will also have a zero-subsidy round, just like the one before it. According to Hans Timmers, Chairman of the Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA), the level of the electricity price, growing market and stable demand and supply make up the grounds for holding a subsidy-free tender.
The tender for the Hollandse Kust (zuid/south) Sites III and IV will be opened for applications in January 2019 with a zero-subsidy opening round, according to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl).
Vattenfall’s permits to develop the Hollandse Kust (zuid) I&II wind zones in the Dutch North Sea have received an irrevocable status following a withdrawal of two complaints against the award decision.
Dutch offshore grid operator TenneT TSO B.V. has issued a call for competition for the construction, transport and installation of an offshore platform for a Hollandse Kust offshore wind zone.
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy examined a total of four applications for a permit to construct the Hollandse Kust (zuid) I & II offshore wind zone without subsidies.