Netherlands approval for 3.5GW

NETHERLANDS: Offshore developments in three areas off the Dutch coast with a combined capacity of 3.5GW have been approved by the country's MPs.

Coming soon… The 129MW Luchterduinen project is due to be completed in September (pic:Van Oord)

Total Netherlands installed capacity offshore currently stands at 247MW, but the government plans to have a further 3.5GW online by 2024.

The government has designated three areas divided into a total of five blocks of around 700MW, all relatively close to shore, one of which will be offered for tender each year.

The first block will consist of two projects of 350MW each in the southernmost Borssele zone, with the tender expected near the end of this year, after the necessary law has reached the statute books on 1 July.