TenneT and Blauwwind sign offshore grid connection agreement

TSO TenneT and wind farm developer Blauwwind - the consortium of Shell, Van Oord, Eneco and Mitsubishi/DGE - have signed the grid connection agreement for the wind farms Borssele III and IV off the coast of the Dutch province Zeeland.

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The signed agreements relate to the realization, connection, and transmission of power of Blauwwind's wind farm that will be developed in the Borssele wind area with TenneT’s Borssele Beta platform and are the second under the new Dutch tender system.

In December 2016 Blauwwind won the public tender by the government for sites 3 and 4 in Borssele of in total 680 MW. 

The legal task of TenneT is developing and managing the offshore electricity grid. In order to do this as efficient as possible, TenneT has developed new standards for the offshore grid between 2014 and 2016, in cooperation with the stakeholders within the offshore wind industry. During the consultation sessions with wind park developers a number of technical and legal topics were discussed. The results formed the basis for offshore model agreements. Through this process liabilities etc. were agreed during the construction phase, and as well as technical issues such as descriptions of the connection, technical standards, and conformity requirements.

Marco Kuijpers, senior manager Offshore Netherlands, TenneT: “By signing these agreements we formalize the connection of the second offshore wind farm to the Dutch grid. As the contract for delivery of the platform Borssele Beta recently has been signed too, this timing is ideal for the efficient execution and fruitful cooperation of our Borssele projects.” 

Offshore wind area Borssele

The grid connection Borssele consists of two platforms, both with a capacity of 700 MW. These will be operational in respectably 2019 and 2020. TenneT has officially been appointed as offshore grid operator in the Netherlands, and will develop -as contribution to the Energy Agreement- at least 3,500 MW of offshore-connections till 2023; all with a standardized concept of 700 MW per connection.

Jeroen Brouwers
TenneT, Blauwwind, Borssele, offshore, Netherlands

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