SSE and partners selected in Netherlands offshore wind tender

Map of wind farm zone
SSE Renewables

THE Noordzeker consortium – made up of Perth-headquartered SSE Renewables; ABP, the largest Dutch pension fund; and APG, the Netherland’s largest pension provider – has been selected by Dutch authorities to progress with their bid for a major offshore wind project.

The proposed offshore wind project would be located about 62 kilometres off the Dutch coast off IJmuiden and, if built, could have an installed capacity of around 2GW – which the consortium said is enough to meet around 7% of the current Dutch electricity demand.

With the bid result timelines for the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone now having been accelerated by the Dutch Government, the consortium will now look to refine the project ahead of a decision on whether to progress development which is required by July 2024. The project would then be subject to a final investment decision which is expected late 2025.

The Dutch Government tender process for the Alpha site at IJmuiden Ver invited proposals focused on making a positive contribution to nature. The Noordzeker consortium explained that it put forward an innovative and diverse set of measures that would reduce and mitigate ecological impacts while increasing biodiversity. This ecologically sensitive approach to positively contributing to the Dutch North Sea’s environment could help ensure offshore wind is developed in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem, while positively contributing to Netherland’s decarbonisation and security of supply, it added.