German energy company RWE has won the tender to build the 700MW Hollandse Kust West (HKW) VII project in the North Sea.

Located roughly 53km off the Dutch coast, the 700MW HKW VII is one of the two designated sites in the 1.4GW HKW offshore wind farm zone.

RWE CEO Markus Krebber said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this opportunity by the Dutch Government. Winning this offshore site marks RWE’s entry into the Dutch offshore wind market, one of our key strategic growth markets in Europe.

“Hollandse Kust West VII will seriously contribute to the energy transition by producing green electricity for almost one million Dutch homes.

“With our innovative concept we developed a blueprint for a new generation of offshore wind farms, which can be perfectly integrated into the energy system.”

Hollandse Kust West VII will have the capacity to generate 760MW of renewable power that will be sufficient to power nearly one million Dutch households.

HKW VII energy will be also combined with electrolyser to produce green hydrogen as well as other flexible demand solutions such as e-boilers and battery storage.

Additionally, RWE intends to integrate HKW VII offshore wind farm with floating solar panels to make efficient use of ocean space.

The permit was awarded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), which identified that RWE’s design provides an optimal solution that integrates clean energy from offshore wind farms into the Dutch energy system.

The offshore facility is expected to come online no later than five years and support the Dutch Government’s offshore wind target of 21GW of capacity by 2030 and 70GW by 2050.

In addition to Hollandse Kust West VII, RWE has also submitted its bid for HKW VI with an ecological concept, and the outcome of this tender is expected later this year.