TenneT along with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK) invited the public to provide comments on the infrastructure for connecting the North of the Wadden Sea Islands offshore wind project to the grid. The deadline for submitting the comments is 18 April.
Both parties commented that by collecting feedback on the 700MW Ten Noorden van de Waddeneilanden (TNW) project, most promising routes are included in the research phase and potential dilemmas will be dealt in advance.
The two parties will begin meetups with interested groups and the public in March.
Yet, prior to the feedback, they conducted a research for possible cable routes in 2018, that resulted to three possible connections in Eemshaven, Burgum and Vierverlaten, near Groningen.
The environmental impact assessment (EIA) process will begin after the summer.
Moreover, the North of the Wadden Sea Islands zone is part of the government’s Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030 which sets out plans for the development of 7GW of offshore wind capacity in the 2024-2030 period.
Additionally, the wind farms that are to be prepared in the future, will be placed at the 1.4GW Hollandse Kust (west) and the 4GW IJmuiden Far Offshore (IJmuiden Ver) zones.
Concluding, the tenders for the zones will be opened from 2021 onward, starting with the Hollandse Kust (west), with the projects expected to be commissioned between 2024 and 2030.