Vattenfall wins tender to build 2 GW offshore wind farm in IJmuiden

Through its Energy Transition Fund, Zeevonk, a joint venture of Swedish multinational power company Vattenfall and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), has been awarded a permit to build wind farm IJmuiden Ver Beta in the Netherlands.

Both major offshore wind developers – Vattenfall and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners – have a strong track record in developing, constructing, and operating offshore wind projects.

Green hydrogen

This 2 GW offshore wind project will include a 50 MWp floating offshore solar farm on-site and a new electrolyzer at the Port of Rotterdam. The electrolyzer will convert the electricity of IJmuiden Ver to green hydrogen, which can help decarbonize industries and transport. Green hydrogen will play a key role in replacing fossil fuels and feedstock.

The project will be operational by 2029 and is expected to supply 14% of the electricity in the Netherlands. Vattenfall has not disclosed the total investment.

‘State-of-the-art energy system’

“By combining wind, solar, and hydrogen, this project will create a state-of-the-art energy system,” says CEO Martijn Hagens of Vattenfall Netherlands. “We are extremely proud to have received this permit and look forward to implementing our plans.”

The second tender winner is Noordzeker, a partnership between pension fund ABP, pension investor APG, and British wind farm developer SSE Renewables.

For the first time, participants in the auction could increase their chances with a financial bid. However, the fact that payment had to be made for constructing an offshore wind farm was an obstacle for some potential participants, so Eneco dropped out.


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