Government offers 700MW subsidy-free

The Dutch government is again offering the rights to build and operate 700MW in the North Sea without subsidy.

Hollandse Kust Zuid III and IV would be built south of Eneco's 129MW Luchterduinen wind farm

It will accept bids for the Hollandse Kust Zuid III and IV sites between 1 March and 14 March 2019, according to a post in the government gazette.

The wind farm must be commissioned by 2023, the ministry for economic affairs and climate stated.

As price will not be a factor in the tender decision for Hollandse Kust Zuid III and IV, the government will assess bids according to other criteria.

These include the knowledge and experience of developer and supply chain, design of the wind farm, quality of the inventory and analysis of risks and quality of measures to ensure cost-efficiency.

The government will also publish an agreement with conditions for acquiring development rights in mid-December.

Hollandse Kust Zuid III and IV are to be built adjacent to a two-phase, 700MW wind farm of the same name being developed by Vattenfall.

In March 2018, the Swedish utility was selected ahead of Statoil, Innogy and a consortium of Van Oord, Eneco and Mitsubishi subsidiary Diamond Generating Europe to build the Hollandse Kust Zuid I and II sites without subsidy.

The Dutch government had offered a license to developers wanting to build and operate the projects without subsidy before running an auction.

Vattenfall claimed cost reductions across the supply chain enabled it to deliver the project without subsidy on top of market prices.

The Dutch government has set targets for the country to have 4.5GW of offshore wind operating by 2023, and 11.5GW by 2030.