Hollandse Kust (west) consists of 2 plots: HKW VI and VII. Within this area, 1,400 MW of offshore wind can be realized, with site VI focusing on the contribution to ecology and site VII on the contribution to energy supply. The Dutch has issued two tenders for the permit for the development of the Hollandse Kust (west) wind energy area; a tender aimed at criteria for the contribution to the integration of the wind farm in the Dutch energy system and a tender aimed at the contribution to ecology.
BELEAF was involved in the preparations for both tenders on behalf of the Shell and Eneco consortium: Ecowende and SchakelWind. Angelique took care of the tender coordination. She was responsible for managing the team as well as the content, with the aim of submitting a tender to the government that complies with the Offshore Wind Energy Act, the Water Decree, the Site Decree and is competitively strong. The SchakelWind tender described the plan for system integration by means of various sub-projects within the Dutch energy system. The Ecowende tender is aimed at maintaining a healthy ecosystem and biodiversity in the North Sea. The aim is to build an offshore wind farm with a healthy ecosystem and with as little impact as possible on nature and the environment. The design of this licensed wind farm is ‘nature-inclusive’, including a section where wind turbines are widely spaced so that birds can fly between them safely. Various piling techniques are used to measure and minimize the impact on the underwater world. And by placing reef structures on the seabed, underwater biodiversity is boosted. In order to test the effectiveness of this, an expert sound boarding group is consulted and knowledge is actively shared that can be used for future wind offshore wind farms.
In preparation for the tender, BELEAF organized a wargame to get under the skin of the competition and test and simulate the tender strategy of Shell and Eneco. Finally, Pim had a seat on the review panel for Ecowende.