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SSE Renewables set to bid in Dutch offshore wind tender



SSE Renewables plans to enter bids for the 1.4GW Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone in the Netherlands.

On 23 December, the Dutch Government issued revised ministerial orders which included tender assessment criteria for the permits to develop the two individual 700MW sites within the zone.

The detail of the application process is due to be published shortly and the window for tender submissions is scheduled between 14 April and 12 May, with winners announced in the summer.

If successful, the Hollandse Kust projects would form part of SSE’s recently-published Net Zero Acceleration Programme, which includes £12.5bn strategic capital investment plans to 2026, alongside ambitious 2031 targets.

The Dutch projects are expected to be commissioned in 2025-2026, making an important contribution towards meeting these targets.

The zone is located approximately 53 kilometres off the west coast of the Netherlands in the North Sea. The total surface area of the wind farm sites within it – including maintenance and safety zones – is approximately 187 km2.

It should accommodate a minimum of 1.4GW of fixed bottom offshore wind power capacity. Transmission system operator TenneT will construct two offshore platforms with two grid connections within the zone.

The Dutch Government’s assessment criteria has one half of the scoring based on a one-off financial payment; knowledge and experience; financial standing; and energy yield. The other half of the scoring is based on innovation.

One tender will focus on rewarding ecological innovation (Site VI) and the other will focus on systems integration innovation (Site VII).

Dennis Breugelmans, project director for international markets at SSE Renewables, said: “We welcome the Dutch Government’s ambitious new energy and climate programme and we want to bring our wealth of experience and track record in delivering cutting edge offshore wind projects.

“This will not only help the country meet its ambitious targets, but together with the local expertise of Dutch companies, we will bring forward innovations to help drive the whole Dutch offshore wind sector forward.”

SSE Renewables is currently pursuing various opportunities to export its capabilities in offshore wind development, construction and operation to international markets, including recently entering the Japanese offshore wind market, alongside options in Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United States.

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