Netherlands clears path for offshore grid

NETHERLANDS: The Dutch Senate has passed its Electricity Act, allowing transmission operator Tennet to develop an offshore grid.

Tennet will install five identical platforms in Dutch waters
Tennet will install five identical platforms in Dutch waters

Dutch politicians had rejected amendments to the bill in December, causing a delay to the process, which Tennet said could delay connection of the 700MW Borssele I & II project.

Tennet can now continue to design and build five identical platforms to connect 3.5GW of wind capacity to the Dutch grid.

Tennet said it desgned the platforms in consultation with project developers and standardising the platforms will results in a "substantial reduction" to costs.

A total of five projects are planned for the Dutch waters, including Borssele I & II. They are expected online in 2019.

"We are very pleased with the Senate's decision, which avoids any risk of delays right at the start of the tendering process. The adoption of this amendment to the Electricity Act means that Tennet can now apply the knowledge and expertise gained in Germany in connecting [projects] to the onshore grid, and use it to contribute to the energy transition in the Netherlands," said Tennet CEO Mel Kroon.

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