The Dutch Government has unveiled an Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap setting out plans for the further development of offshore wind energy, including an additional 7 GW between 2023 and 2030.
The roadmap specifies which windfarm zones will be released for development in the Dutch sector of the North Sea, when this will occur, the projected generation capacity of these zones, and when they will enter operation.
Windfarms to be developed in the coming years will be in three windfarm zones: Holland Coast (West), North of the Wadden Sea Islands, and IJmuiden Far Offshore.
Like the current roadmap for the period up to 2023, the new roadmap will provide guidelines for the further development of offshore wind energy in the period up to 2030.
Under the National Energy Agreement concluded in 2013, five offshore windfarms with a total capacity of 3.5 GW will be built in the Dutch sector of the North Sea until 2023, in addition to existing windfarms, which have a total capacity of 1 GW.
The government plans to open tenders for the newly-announced windfarms in 2021. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate estimates that building them will create 10,000 jobs.