A zero-subsidy tender process for bids for the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) 3 and 4 offshore windfarms has been instigated in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy published a ministerial order for the tender in the Government Gazette on 3 December 2018.
Hollandse Kust (Zuid) 3 and 4 are both 350-MW windfarms, making the combined zero-subsidy tender a 700-MW project. The zero-bid tender will open on 1 March 2019.
In March 2018, a zero-subsidy deal was awarded to Vattenfall for the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) 1 and 2 offshore windfarms, these being the first zero-subsidy offshore wind projects to be built anywhere.
Hollandse Kust (Zuid) 1 and 2 were the first auctions designed ‘subsidy-free’ from the outset, meaning that only projects requiring no support were invited to tender. Vattenfall is due to build the windfarms by 2022, more than three years before zero-subsidy projects in Germany are due to come online.
The tender criteria for Hollandse Kust (Zuid) 3 and 4 are very similar to that for Hollandse Kust (Zuid) 1 and 2 with submissions assessed on the basis of risk identification and mitigation, including the merchant risk involved and the expected yield.
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