Danish offshore wind giant Ørsted announced on Thursday that it has submitted a bid — backed by a final investment decision — in the Dutch offshore wind tender for the Holland Coast South 3 & 4 offshore wind farms which have a nameplate capacity of 700 megawatts (MW).
Ørsted announced on Thursday that it had submitted a bit for the Holland Coast South 3 & 4 offshore wind farms, also known as Hollandse Kust (zuid) Wind Farm Zone Sites III and IV, which lies off the west coast of the Netherlands in the coastal waters of the province of Zuid-Holland (South Holland).
The Netherlands’ Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has already awarded permits for Hollandse Kust (Zuid) Wind Farm Zone Sites 1 and 2 in March 2018 to Chinook CV, a subsidiary of Nuon/Vattenfall, which, upon completion, will have a total capacity of 740 MW.
Already with considerable presence in Dutch waters, Ørsted is looking to expand its capacity with Holland Coast South 3 & 4 and is laying all its cards on the table to make sure it happens. Ørsted already has the 752 MW Borssele 1 & 2 project which Ørsted won the tender for in 2016 and which, upon completion in the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 respectively, will be the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, capable of generating electricity equivalent for the needs of one million Dutch households.
“We’re strongly committed to the Netherlands, and we believe that our bid for Holland Coast South 3 & 4 offers significant benefits for the Dutch society in terms of clean and cost-competitive energy as well as industrial development,” said Henrik Poulsen, CEO and President of Ørsted. “By bringing our more than 25 years of experience in developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms, we are a highly reliable partner for the Dutch government in taking the next step towards reaching the Netherlands’ ambitious target of 11.5GW offshore wind by 2030.”
“We’re progressing very well with Borssele 1 & 2. Working on the Netherlands’ largest offshore wind farm has given us valuable insights and experience which we will leverage on Holland Coast South 3 & 4,” added Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore. “As a strong sign of our commitment, the Board of Directors of Ørsted A/S has already approved the final investment decision for Holland Coast South 3 & 4. The funding is secured and guaranteed on our balance sheet, so if the Dutch government selects Ørsted, they can be certain that the wind farm will be built.”
In addition to already taking a final investment decision, Ørsted included in part of its bid a promise to establish green hydrogen projects to be linked to all of the company’s Dutch offshore wind farms.
“Using offshore wind to produce green hydrogen from electrolysis is an enabler to decarbonize other sectors such as heavy industries and transport,” explained Poulsen. “Production and sale of green hydrogen to large industrial customers can help stabilize revenues from offshore wind farms which rely on the market price of power like Holland Coast South 3&4 will. We are ready to scale-up and bring down costs of green hydrogen like we have done with offshore wind.”
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