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CIP, SSE and Vattenfall win 4GW Dutch offshore tender

RICHARD HEAP

June 11, 2024

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, SSE and Vattenfall have won the rights to develop 4GW of offshore wind capacity in the Netherlands.

A consortium led by SSE Renewables, and including pension funds ABP and APG, has won the rights to develop the 2GW Noordzeker project on the IJmuiden Ver Alpha site. The project is set to include artificial reefs at 75% of the turbines to support marine creatures and build biodiversity.

CIP and Vattenfall have won the rights to develop the 2GW Zeevonk II project on the IJmuiden Ver Beta site. This is set to include 50MW of floating solar capacity and be linked to 1GW of green hydrogen production at the Port of Rotterdam.

Martijn Hagens, CEO at Vattenfall Netherlands, said: “The Netherlands is taking yet another major step forward in the energy transition with IJmuiden Ver. Combining wind, solar and hydrogen, this project will create a state-of-the-art energy system and support further decarbonization of industries and our society. We are extremely proud to have been awarded this permit and look forward to implementing our plans for this energy park together with CIP.”

Felix Pahl, partner at CIP, said: “The Netherlands is at the forefront of the energy transition with ambitious offshore wind and hydrogen targets and stands out as a pioneer in this field. We at CIP are confident that our strong partnership with Vattenfall will support and contribute to the Netherlands journey towards a carbon-neutral future. The award of IJmuiden Ver Beta is a milestone for CIP’s Energy Transition Fund and an important step in realizing an integrated energy system in the North Sea.”

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency has announced the results for the two projects in the North Sea this afternoon. These are the largest offshore wind farms approved thus far in the Dutch North Sea, and are set to create around 14% of Dutch electricity consumption.

Rob Jetten, Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy, said: “Noordzeker and Zeevonk II have great plans for these new offshore wind farms. It shows that wind farms and nature can go well together and that offshore wind with smart solutions can help reduce pressure on the onshore power grid. Market conditions have become more complicated, so I am extra happy that these parties want to build offshore wind farms.”

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