Offshore, Project Development, Wind Power

DONG Signs First Dutch Offshore Wind Grid Connection Agreement Under New Tender System

TenneT, the transmission system operator for the Netherlands, has signed a grid connection agreement with DONG Energy for the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farms.

The agreement, which TenneT says is the first under its new tender system, will allow for the transmission of power from the Borssele wind farm to TenneT’s Borssele Alpha platform.

“By signing this agreement, we, for the first time, formalize the full connection of an offshore wind farm to the Dutch grid,” Marco Kuijpers, senior manager Offshore Netherlands TenneT said in a statement today. “According to plan, our first offshore grid connection will be operational in 2019, in order for DONG Energy to deliver the wind energy through our high voltage grid to the Dutch households.” 

Last July, DONG Energy won the public tender by the government for the first two areas in Borssele of 700 MW. 

The grid connection Borssele consists of two platforms, both with a capacity of 700 MW. TenneT said that the platforms will be operational in 2019 and 2020. The transmission operator will develop at least 3,500 MW of offshore connections through 2023.

In related news, DONG Energy said yesterday that it signed a turbine supply agreement with Siemens Gamesa for 94 8-MW units for the Borssele project. The offshore wind farm is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020.