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The Netherlands receives several bids in 4 GW offshore wind tender

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has received several bids for two proposed sites totalling 4 GW at the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone in the Dutch North Sea. The tender, issued by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate in early March 2024, was for the IJmuiden Ver Alpha and Beta sites, each of which has the potential to hold 2 GW of offshore wind capacity. 

The Swedish energy group Vattenfall has submitted a bid with an undisclosed partner for both sites, while the Dutch energy group Eneco and the Norwegian energy group Equinor decided not to participate, citing increasing costs and risks of delays. Winners will be announced in June 2024 and the offshore wind projects should start supplying power in 2029 or 2030. The IJmuiden Ver zone 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 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.