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The CrossWind consortium, a joint venture between Shell in the Netherlands and Eneco, have been awarded the tender for the subsidy-free offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (noord). Both companies have already taken their final investment decisions on the project.
The consortium plans to have Hollandse Kust (noord) operational in 2023 with an installed capacity of 759 MW. The wind farm will be located 18.5 kilometres off the coast of The Netherlands near the town of Egmond aan Zee.
The offshore wind farm will include five technology demonstrations that could be implemented at full-scale in the future: a floating solar park; short-term battery storage; turbines that are optimally tuned to the network to minimise the negative ‘wake’-effects that wind turbines have on each other; ‘green hydrogen’ made by electrolysis as a further storage technique and the combination of these individual measures to ensure a continuous power supply regardless of the wind situation.
Van Oord has been contracted for the Balance of Plant scope. As Balance of Plant contractor, Van Oord’s activities encompass the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the foundations, inter array cables and transportation and installation of the wind turbines. Van Oord will deploy its offshore installation vessels Aeolus, MPI Adventure and MPI Resolution and cable-laying vessel Nexus.
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