Dutch to seek expert support on 4 GW IJmuiden Ver offshore wind zone

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) plans to issue an invitation to tender seeking experts to support RVO in managing offshore wind farm site studies.

The tender is divided into three lots. Lot 1 will cover expert support on soil investigations, Lot 2 expert support on wind and water investigations, and Lot 3 client offshore representatives to be present at the vessels or the site of the executor of the soil investigations at the 4 GW IJmuiden Ver wind farm zone.

More specifically, Lot 1 concerns expert support on geophysical, geotechnical and morphodynamical investigations and ground modelling.

Lot 2 covers expert support on wind resource assessments, metocean conditions and modelling, and possibly client representatives during a metocean campaign.

And Lot 3 concerns client representatives who monitor the services to be performed by the geophysical and geotechnical contractors.

The tender is expected to be launched in June or July, RVO said.

Located some 62 kilometres off the west coast of the Netherlands, the 400 km2 IJmuiden Ver zone is divided into four sites – IJmuiden Ver I,II, III, and IV.

The Dutch government will issue two tenders for the permits to develop the sites, in 2023 for IJmuiden Ver I and II, and in 2025 for III and IV.

IJmuiden Ver is one of the three sites identified in the Dutch Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030. The three zones have a combined capacity of 6.1 GW and will help the Netherlands reach the target of 11.5 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.