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Dutch offshore hits buffers

Senate vote hits grid timetable at Borssele, cast doubts on tender

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Plans for next-generation offshore wind in the Netherlands have been thrown into limbo following a vote in the country's Senate.

The legislative body yesterday decided against proposed changes that among other items would have cleared the way for the transmission operator TenneT to build links to 3.5GW of proposed projects across three zones.

“The decision unfortunately has the consequence that the first grid connection of wind farms near Borssele may not meet the schedule,” said TenneT.

The TSO said it would liaise with government to devise a new schedule as soon as possible. In the meantime TenneT will proceed with ongoing preparations such as permits.

Chief executive Mel Kroon said: “The decision of the Senate is disappointing for everyone who has worked hard on the realisation of offshore wind. No grid is designated and the first tender for wind farm developers at Borssele is postponed. The development of offshore wind energy in the Netherlands is thus delayed.”

Image: existing projects may have Dutch waters to themselves for a while longer (Eneco)

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