A consortium Shell is a part of has joined the race to win a tender to build two zero-subsidy offshore windfarms in the Netherlands.
The Witwind consortium said it has tendered for the construction and operation of the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III and IV windfarms.
Shell Netherlands president director Marjan van Loon said, “Shell wants to play an active role in the Dutch energy transition. Offshore wind will play an important role in the future energy system of the Netherlands and we would be happy to grow our offshore wind portfolio in the country by building on the experience gained in Borssele III and IV and Egmond aan Zee windfarms.”
Van Oord chief executive Pieter van Oord said, “Van Oord has been involved in the construction of all Dutch offshore windfarms so far.” The company recently acquired more installation vessels intended for the offshore wind market.
Eneco chief executive Ruud Sondag said, “Construction and operation of these new windfarms in the North Sea ensures that many more people can benefit from clean electricity generated in the Netherlands. This is why we are participating in this tender.”
If it is successful, the consortium plans to start operation of the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III and IV sites in 2023. The windfarms are expected to have installed capacity of about 760 MW and will be situated 20 km off the coast of The Hague in the Netherlands.