On March 19, Rijkswaterstaat, part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, opened the tender for the purchase of green electricity from a planned wind farm on a flood defence in the Maasvlakte 2 industrial area. The deadline for the tender is April 22, at 15:00.
The future wind turbines will be placed in a stretched area of approximately 7.5 km. The location offers strong winds and is located at considerable distance from an urban area. Rijkswaterstaat has set a target to purchase as much green electricity as possible, starting from 2023.
Rijkswaterstaat has prepared the tender in cooperation with the administrative partners Havenbedrijf Rotterdam, Municipality of Rotterdam, Province of South Holland, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and Rijksvastgoedbedrijf. The parties have jointly worked on optimising the development conditions. Last year, the municipality of Rotterdam irrevocably fixed the development plan Maasvlakte 2, where the wind farm will be realised. Rijkswaterstaat is currently performing research in the area of ecology and water safety, in preparation of the tender. The SDE-subsidy, category ‘Wind op primaire waterkeringen’ (wind at primairy flood defences) is applicable.
At the end of 2019, Rijkswaterstaat aims to select a developer that will be granted permits and subsidy, construct the wind farm and operate over a period of 25 years. This will be done by means of a tender process. Participating parties are invited to aim for the highest power generation options. To stimulate this, it has not predetermined the number and type of turbines that are allowed. Rijkswaterstaat will inform possible interested parties throughout the tender process on matters such as the planning and award criteria to facilitate a quick process. Rijkswaterstaat will purchase the generated electricity under a 25-year PPA. Source: Rijkswaterstaat