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The Netherlands launches tender for 4 GW of offshore wind capacity

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has launched a tender for two sites totalling 4 GW at the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone in the North Sea. The tender, issued by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, is for the IJmuiden Ver Alpha and Beta sites, each of which has the potential to hold 2 GW of offshore wind capacity. Bids can be submitted until 28 March 2024.

The IJmuiden Ver zone, located 62 km off the west coast of the Netherleands, contains a third site (IJmuiden Ver Gamma) which also has a potential of 2 GW and is expected to be put out to tender in 2025. The power transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT will install 3 platforms with 3 grid connections of 2 GW each in the area. 

The Netherlands targets 21 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, 50 GW by 2040 and 70 GW by 2050. As of end-2022, approximately 3.2 GW of offshore wind energy had been fully commissioned.