Eneco, Shell partner to bid for Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm

8 May 2020 (Last Updated May 8th, 2020 13:05)

Dutch electricity company Eneco and Shell Nederland have partnered to bid for the 700MW tender for the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm.

Eneco, Shell partner to bid for Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm
The subsidy-free Dutch wind farm will generate nearly 3.3TWh of clean energy annually. Credit: Nicholas Doherty on Unsplash.

Dutch electricity company Eneco and Shell Nederland have partnered to bid for the 700MW tender for the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm.

The partners are participating in the tender through their joint venture company CrossWind.

To be developed in Dutch waters, Noord will have an estimated installed capacity of 759MW, if constructed.

It is expected to generate nearly 3.3TWh of clean energy annually and will meet the electricity demand of more than one million Dutch homes.

Eneco chief strategic growth officer Kees-Jan Rameau said: “With CrossWind, we want to work towards the realisation of the first offshore wind farm with innovations with regards to system integration.

“In addition to the energy the wind farm can generate, the park offers many opportunities to (further) develop innovative techniques that can be of added value in accelerating the energy transition.

“By combining the knowledge and expertise of Shell and Eneco, we can make full use of this potential. Moreover, this wind farm contributes to Eneco’s ambition to help every household and company in the Netherlands to switch to a sustainable and clean energy supply.”

Both Shell and Eneco have issued guarantees to CrossWind for the project’s construction and operation related investments.

CrossWind is planning to bring the wind power facility online by 2023.

The wind facility is expected to supply clean energy to Shell’s 200MW hydrogen plant, which it is planning to build in the Tweede Maasvlakte industrial zone in the port of Rotterdam. The final investment decision is yet to be taken for the hydrogen plant.